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Intouch : In Touch Issue 75
18 In touch Summer 2010 www.alzheimers.org.au All dressed up and looking fabulous, 250 people converged on the Museum of Contemporary Art on 25 September to help raise more than $26,000 for research into Alzheimer's disease. The money will go to the Hazel Hawke Alzheimer's Research and Care Fund, which contributes to the care of those with dementia, their families, carers and care workers, and helps in the search to find a cure. The event was a result of the hard work of The Forget Me Not Girls -- Andrea Britz, Annabelle Boyd-Jones, Sophie Pieters-Hawke and Tess Paul. The women are also behind the Forget Me Not website, a space for young people who have had a relative affected by dementia to share their stories. Congratulations on a fantastic night and thank you to all who contributed to the fundraising efforts. Dementia Adventure The annual 'Dementia Adventure' symposium was held at the Epping Club on 16 September. With the theme of 'Thinking outside the square', the symposium attracted a diverse range of speakers. Anne Cumming from the NSW Dementia Policy Team presented on the NSW Dementia Services Framework 2010-2015; Dr Bob Russell, Staff Specialist of Psychogeriatrics at Royal North Shore Hospital examined the 'Dilemma of Dual Diagnosis'; and Danielle McIntosh and Fiona Darrow from Hammond Care showcased Streeton Cottage, a new model of residential care based in Horsley for clients with younger onset dementia. Susan Graham from Catholic Community Services then explored the absorbing world of squalor and hoarding, and Professor Wendy Rogers from Macquarie University provided a thought-provoking session on ethical decision-making. Following lunch, BASIS Clinicians Laura Hill and Sharonne Pearce presented two very practical sessions on 'Why showers hurt' and 'The role of pharmacological treatments in dementia care'. The final speaker, carer Robyn Austin, gave a moving account of her personal experiences caring for her sister Kaye who was born with Down syndrome. Kaye has since developed a range of other conditions, including schizophrenia, epilepsy and, most recently, dementia. More than 190 people attended the popular annual event, which is hosted by the Dementia Advisory Services of the Northern Sydney Metro area. Robyn Austin gave a moving account of caring for her sister. Dementia Awareness Week 2010 The Forget Me Not Girls, from left: Sophie Pieters-Hawke, Andrea Britz, Annabelle Boyd-Jones and Tess Paul Forget Me Not
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