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Intouch : In Touch Issue 77
www.alzheimers.org.au In touch Winter 2011 13 Support at time of diagnosis helps you and your family to make sense of the diagnosis and the next steps. Practical advice helps you minimise the impact of dementia. Our Living with Memory Loss programs for people in early-stage dementia increase your knowledge and confidence for managing memory loss now and in the future. Individual and family consultations help you plan for the future. Education programs help you understand and live well with dementia. Up-to-date information and resources about dementia and access to the members’ lending library keeps you and your family informed. How we help Les Les Medo was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2008. An accomplished cornet player, Les is now an active member of the Music for Recreation Group at AlzNSW’s Dementia and Memory Community Centre in North Ryde. “Playing is his whole life, really,” Les’s wife Gloria says. “It’s the only thing he has that he’s in charge of. It’s the one independent thing he has. “He just loves playing and enjoys being able to play there.” Get involved The Music for Recreation Group meets weekly. No musical experience is required; the aim is to connect on a different level. If you would like to come along and explore your inner rhythm and have some fun, contact AlzNSW on the National Dementia Helpline. When: Mondays 2pm-4pm Where: Dementia and Memory Community Centre, North Ryde T: 1800 100 500 ways AlzNSW can help you 10 SERVICES 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Connections with other people living with dementia, such as carer support groups, enable you to share information and experiences. Social and creative activities provide opportunities for meaningful participation. Advice and recommendations about dementia support services in your area ensure suitable care. Our provision of information to GPs and other health care providers helps them improve their care and support for you. To find out more, contact AlzNSW on the National Dementia Helpline (The National Dementia Helpline is an Australian Government initiative). T: 1800 100 500 An interpreter service is available
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