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Intouch : In Touch Issue 76
The Hunter and Mid-North Coast regions are benefiting from a new Memory Van thanks to a $50,000 donation from Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation. A mobile education resource, the AlzNSW Memory Van travels throughout the Hunter and Mid- North Coast to help raise awareness about the importance of brain health and dementia risk reduction. The new van was officially launched in Newcastle in November. increasing need Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation Chairman Michael Slater said the Memory Van is an important health resource for the regions. “Dementia is known as one of the major diseases of this century with an expected rapid increase in incidence due to the ageing population.” Approximately 8000 Hunter residents are living with dementia, and an estimated 5200 people are living with dementia on the Mid-North Coast. Throughout Australia, the number of people living with dementia is expected to increase fourfold, from 269,000 to one million by mid-century. “The Memory Van is an excellent resource to deliver education and information about how to reduce the risk of dementia to the broader community,” Mr Slater said. Thanks AlzNSW’s Hunter Dementia and Memory Resource Centre Coordinator Sally O’Loughlin said the Memory Van will help address the growing prevalence of dementia in Australia. “The van provides us with the opportunity to position ourselves in high traffic areas which increases our ability to inform people about dementia, as well as provide lifestyle tools to help reduce the risk of dementia,” Sally explained. news www.alzheimers.org.au in touch Autumn 2011 9 Do you have dementia or do you care for someone with dementia? If you or someone you provide care for is living with dementia, there is an opportunity for you to participate in a research study together. The study is an exploration of the process of accessing support and information for people living with dementia in Australia. The study will involve an interview with a clinical psychology postgraduate student about your experience of accessing and receiving support and information, of navigating service systems and your current experience of living with dementia. This study is strictly voluntary, and people with early stage dementia and their carers are eligible. All responses are strictly confidential. This study has ANU Ethics approval (Protocol number: 2010/157). To participate, or if you have any questions, please contact the researcher at tushara.wickramariyaratne@ anu.edu.au. You can also reach Tushara at the Alzheimer’s Australia ACT office in Kaleen at 6255 0722. new Memory Van launched The second Memory Van has been officially launched and is travelling around the Hunter and Mid-North Coast regions. Find out more To find out where the Memory Van will be in coming months, or invite a Memory Van to a community event, contact AlzNSW. Hunter and Mid-north Coast: Kim Wilson T: (02) 4962 7000 E: firstname.lastname@example.org rest of nSW: Susan Newton T: (02) 8875 4637 E: email@example.com speers point (lake macquarie) marrickville kotara strathfield albion park barham berrigan barooga tocumwal finley murray downs albury randwick MeMory Vans’ TraVElS
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