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Intouch : In Touch Issue 76
8 in touch Autumn 2011 www.alzheimers.org.au news We are fortunate to welcome new members to the AlzNSW team. Miriam Low is our new Outreach Counsellor for the Hunter region (see left), while Louise Friend is a Counsellor who will be based in our North Ryde DMCC. Beth Harvey has taken up the role of Project Officer within the Group Development Unit, and Christine Vanucci is working on a key development project in the Tweed Heads area. Ellen Brown has returned to AlzNSW as a Dementia Advisor based in Forster after having previously worked with us on a casual basis. A big welcome to all our new employees and thank you for helping us broaden the service we provide to the community. Farewell Marnie We bid a fond farewell to Marnie Mason, a dementia counsellor who has worked tirelessly for people with dementia in the Orange region for more than 17 years. We wish Marnie well in all her future endeavours and thank her for all her hard work and dedication. You will be very much missed Marnie! Thank you Woody After a decade of volunteering with AlzNSW, Woody Woodhouse is retiring. Woody began counselling for the National Dementia Helpline in 2000, and his commitment and ‘just get in and do it’ attitude have helped many carers find out about AlzNSW’s dementia resources and know that they don’t have to go it alone. Woody’s work with AlzNSW is a result of his mother’s experience with dementia. On his visits to her in a nursing home he saw what he describes now as an “incredible thing” – family and friends who fronted up, time after time, to give their loved ones conversation and companionship. Touched by the commitment and love, Woody vowed that he too would contribute. AlzNSW is very grateful to have been the focus of Woody’s charitable efforts. He has been a steady presence at the National Dementia Helpline and always enthusiastic about providing support to those who call in looking for help. From the team at AlzNSW – thank you Woody for your great contribution to improving the lives of those with dementia, their carers, families and friends. Staff changes AlzNSW welcomes new additions to the dedicated team, and bids fond farewells to Marnie Mason and long-time volunteer Woody Woodhouse. new Hunter counsellor We are happy to welcome Miriam Low to the AlzNSW team. Miriam is stepping into the role of counsellor at the Hunter Dementia Memory and Resource Centre (DMRC), to provide face-to-face counselling support to carers and people with dementia in the region. The counselling service is free and Miriam says that she will aim to provide support, guidance, understanding and information. “I often see people in times of great stress, when they are struggling with a loved one who is changing before their eyes,” says Miriam. “I help carers find new ways of communicating and new ways of coping, as well as develop acceptance.” Miriam will be available in the Hunter office on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays 9am-5pm. To make an appointment, contact the Hunter DMRC. T: (02) 4962 7000 caption caption caption caption A new program to support patients with dementia at the Coffs Harbour Base Hospital needs volunteers. Calling all volunteers! Being in hospital can be a difficult time for anyone, especially for people with memory loss. The Dementia Care Volunteer Program aims to improve the quality of life for patients with dementia in the hospital environment. Successful volunteer applicants will be provided with training and ongoing support, and will become valued members of an enthusiastic volunteer team. The implementation is being jointly managed by AlzNSW and the Mid-North Coast Local Health Network. Successful model Similar programs jointly run by AlzNSW in Bega and Port Macquarie have shown that older people in hospital who are experiencing dementia or other memory problems show improved outcomes when supported by a volunteer. Volunteers are able to provide one-on-one support and engagement in activities, which assists those patients to feel more relaxed. This, in turn, improves their wellbeing during their hospital stay. lend a hand Interested in becoming a volunteer with this program? Contact the Dementia and Memory Community Centre, Port Macquarie. T: 1300 791 751
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