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Intouch : In Touch Issue 75
www.alzheimers.org.au In touch Summer 2010 5 Hunter garden AlzNSW's Hunter Region Dementia and Memory Resource Centre's new Rotary Garden was officially opened in September by the CEO of AlzNSW, The Hon. John Watkins, and the President of the Rotary Club of Newcastle Inc, Tony Rhodes. A lunch in the garden celebrated the opening. "This garden is a wonderful extension of our Dementia and Memory Resource Centre," John said. "It has already proven popular as a tranquil space for people with dementia, their carers, families and friends to sit and relax." Rotary's contribution The Rotary Club of Newcastle Inc donated $29,000 for the construction of the garden. "On behalf of all our members and visitors to the Centre, I would like to sincerely thank the members of the Rotary Club of Newcastle Inc for all their hard work," said John. The funds were raised by the Rotary Club of Newcastle Inc at the annual Race Day at the Newcastle Jockey Club, and through donations received from other Rotary Clubs, service organisations and individual members of the Hunter community. The President of the Rotary Club of Newcastle Inc, Tony Rhodes, said the club was pleased to be able to continue its support of the Dementia and Memory Resource Centre with such a wonderful addition to the centre. "The Rotary Garden is a great space for visitors to the centre to relax and take some time out," he explained. "We hope it will become a sanctuary for people with dementia, their families and carers and friends." The Rotary Club of Newcastle Inc also raised a substantial amount of money to help in the construction of the Dementia and Memory Resource Centre, which opened in April 2008. The garden The Rotary Garden contains plants to stimulate the five senses, including herbs, fruit trees, lavender and flowers, and all are safe to eat. It will also be used by the Centre's social groups for special functions and barbecues, and for dementia awareness activities. It is fully wheelchair accessible. The number of people with dementia in the Hunter region is expected to quadruple by 2050, when the population will reach 32,000.1 The Hunter Dementia and Memory Resource Centre provides support and advocacy for people living with dementia. It offers a counselling service, social groups, education programs, and an extensive library of community resources. Contact the Centre for more information. T: (02)4962 7000 1. Projections of dementia prevalence and incidence in NSW 2009--2050, Access Economics, September 2009. News Our Bang the Drum competition is going full steam ahead with elephants and other AlzNSW merchandise popping up in Australia and overseas. This issue's top entries see the Memory Walk bottles getting a workout on the South Australia/ Northern Territory border and our elephants climbing mountains in England's Lake District. Keep sending in your photos of AlzNSW merchandise wherever you are, winners will be announced in In Touch Winter 2011. Good luck! To enter: Send your entries to Andrew Mills. E: firstname.lastname@example.org P: Andrew Mills Alzheimer's Australia NSW PO Box 6042 North Ryde, NSW 2113 Bang the Drum Keep Up! Get all the latest news from AlzNSW on Twitter and Facebook, and see event photos on Flickr. Facebook: facebook.com/alznsw Twitter: twitter.com/alznsw Flickr: flickr.com/photos/alznsw
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