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Intouch : In Touch Issue 75
www.alzheimers.org.au In touch Summer 2010 9 People power Lunch with Sir Michael Parkinson AlzNSW Honorary Ambassador Sir Michael Parkinson will be the guest speaker at a special fundraising lunch in Sydney on Friday 25 February. It promises to be a wonderful event and one not to be missed. Numbers are limited and bookings are essential. We expect tickets to sell out fast. To book, contact AlzNSW. Where: Strangers Dining Room at NSW Parliament House, Macquarie Street, Sydney When: Friday 25 February. Cost: $135 per person (AlzNSW members); $150 per person (non-members); table of 10 $1350 E: firstname.lastname@example.org T: (02) 9805 0100 “It is important for people to know where to go to get help. No one has to walk the journey alone.” PJ Lane PJ Lane, whose father, popular entertainer Don Lane, was lost to dementia last year, said it was an honour to be associated with AlzNSW as an Ambassador. “My dad developed dementia and I know firsthand the difficulties associated with the illness and, in particular, for those caring for someone with dementia,” PJ said. “I will do whatever is possible to promote awareness of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. It is important people realise life does not stop with a diagnosis of dementia and that there is help available.” Doris Younane Actress Doris Younane, whose mother has dementia, hopes that as an Ambassador she is able to help promote a better understanding of dementia in the community. “Dementia is so prevalent it’s almost inconceivable that it has remained a taboo illness for so long,” said Doris, well- known from her roles in McLeod’s Daughters, Seachange and the 2009 film The Combination. “It’s not until you have been touched personally by the disease that you begin to understand just how common it really is and how many families it affects,” Doris explained. “Thankfully there is support available for those trying to deal with an ever-changing illness. “I cannot stress enough how beneficial it has been to talk to professionals and counsellors from Alzheimer’s Australia who can guide you through the often rugged terrain of Alzheimer’s disease.” Natarsha Belling Like thousands of other Australians, Channel 10 newsreader Natarsha Belling has had experience with people living with dementia and she said it was imperative that awareness of the disease is raised in the community. “Alzheimer’s disease does not only affect the elderly, it can also strike the young. As the people with dementia are affected, so are their loved ones and family,” she said. “It’s critical we fund vital research for a cure, but we also need to raise awareness about this debilitating disease, ensuring a growing number of Australians with the illness, and their families, receive the best possible treatment and support.” Maxine McKew Maxine McKew said she was pleased to be able to help raise awareness of dementia and the issues those living with the illness face. “I have met many people over the past four years who are caring for a loved one with dementia and have heard firsthand of the challenges involved,” she said. The Ambassador Program was launched during Dementia Awareness Week. Sir Michael Parkinson Natarsha Belling Maxine McKew
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