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Intouch : In Touch Issue 77
6 In touch Winter 2011 www.alzheimers.org.au AlzNSW has responded to increasing need on the mid- north coast, relocating to a larger office in Port Macquarie. The new, larger office was officially opened in March, enabling staff to better serve the increasing population with dementia in Port Macquarie and the Mid-North Coast. “The Port Macquarie state electorate is second only to Tweed in terms of the number of people with dementia in the area,” CEO of AlzNSW, The Hon. John Watkins says. “Currently, there are an estimated 1600 people with dementia in the Port Macquarie state electorate alone. “As the population ages, that number is expected to quadruple to 6150 by 2050. “Coffs Harbour is also in the top 10 of state electorates in terms of dementia prevalence, and is expected to stay there over the next 40 years, so it is more important than ever that we are prepared for this.” Gary Thomas, AlzNSW’s Regional Coordinator for the Mid-North Coast, has encouraged anyone with memory loss concerns or concerns about dementia to drop in and talk to staff. AlzNSW is grateful for the support of the State Government, which contributed to the cost of the new office. To talk to a dementia advisor, access the library or talk to staff about concerns relating to memory loss, contact the Port Macquarie office, Monday- Friday 9am-5pm T: (02) 6584 7444 Developing new treatments Research projects, clinical studies and clinical trials that provide hope of new treatments for Alzheimer’s disease and dementia depend on the involvement of people with dementia and their carers. An early step in developing new treatments, clinical studies observe people in normal settings with less direct intervention than in clinical trials and may help identify new possibilities for clinical trials. Clinical trials test interventions such as drugs or devices, as well as preventative methods and changes in diet or lifestyle. Drug testing is the focus of many clinical trials. Currently in the USA, more than 90 drugs are in clinical trials for Alzheimer’s disease, and more are in the pipeline awaiting Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval to enter human testing. More information Alzheimer’s Australia maintains a list of dementia projects and clinical trials in Australia. Projects range from short online surveys to brain scans and clinical trials of novel drugs. This research may be instrumental in advancing dementia treatments and care, and improve outcomes for people with dementia in future generations. Before any project is listed by Alzheimer’s Australia, it is reviewed and must provide evidence of approval from an ethics committee. For more information about current projects in Australia, visit Alzheimer’s Australia’s Projects and Clinical Trials website or subscribe to the clinical trials e-news. W: www.alzheimers.org.au E: email@example.com National Dementia Research Forum The fifth annual National Dementia Research Forum, hosted by the Dementia Collaborative Research Centres, is taking place in Sydney this September. Keynote Speaker will be Dr Ronald C Peterson MD PhD, Director of the Mayo Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, USA. Closing Date for abstracts is June 30. When: 22-23 September Where: Wesley Conference Centre, Pitt Street, Sydney W: www.dementia.unsw.edu.au E: firstname.lastname@example.org Book launch The recent launch of AlzNSW educator Elaine White’s book Dementia and Sexuality was a great success. More than 50 local and interstate guests crowded into AlzNSW’s Hunter Dementia and Memory Resource Centre on Friday 25 March for the launch of Dementia and Sexuality: The Rose That Never Wilts, by AlzNSW educator Elaine White. The book is a practical guide to dementia and sexuality, and Elaine hopes it will become an agent for change for readers. Copies of Dementia and Sexuality sold out, and each guest received a beautiful bookmark on the day as a memento. The launch was a celebration of both a milestone in dementia care and a career full of achievements. Borrow AlzNSW member library E: email@example.com T: 02 9888 4218 Buy W: www.careinfo.org E: remi@hawker publications.com READ THE BOOK Dementia and Sexuality can be borrowed from the AlzNSW member library and is also available for purchase. New Port Macquarie office NEWS
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