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Intouch : In Touch Issue 78
Published on behalf of Alzheimer’s Australia NSW by Mahlab Media www.mahlabmedia.com.au Contents CEO’s message www.alzheimers.org.au In touch Spring 2011 3 Published on behalf of Alzheimer’s Australia NSW by Mahlab Media www.mahlabmedia.com.au In touch The quarterly newsletter for members of Alzheimer’s Australia NSW CEO The Hon. John Watkins CFO Susan Sackville General Manager Services Robyn Faine General Manager Marketing, Communications & Fundraising Andrew Mills General Manager HR Sal Moussa General Manager Media Sarah Price Honorary Medical Advisors Professor Henry Brodaty AO Director, Dementia Collaborative Research Centre Dr Helen Creasey Senior Staff Specialist, Geriatric Medicine, Deputy Director of CERA Dr Michael Valenzuela Research Fellow in Regenerative Neuroscience, School of Psychiatry, University of NSW Editors Andrew Mills and Sarah Price Articles in this publication provide a general summary only of the subject matter covered. Any person with dementia or a carer for a person with dementia should seek professional advice about their specific case. Alzheimer’s Australia NSW is not liable for any error or omission in this publication. Permission should be sought from the editor before reproducing articles. Once permission is given the source must be acknowledged. Products and services contained in paid advertisements or otherwise featured in this publication are not necessarily endorsed by Alzheimer’s Australia NSW. Alzheimer’s Australia NSW does not endorse any products or services of any description. The views expressed by contributors to this newsletter are not necessarily shared by Alzheimer’s Australia NSW. Alzheimer’s Australia NSW, PO Box 6042, North Ryde NSW 2113 Australia. T: (02) 9805 0100 F: (02) 9805 1665 E: firstname.lastname@example.org W: www.alzheimers.org.au Registered as a Print Post Publication Number PP: 234077/00008 ISSN: 1038-7854 Contact In touch If you have news or a story to tell, contact Andrew Mills or Sarah Price. T: (02) 9805 0100 E: email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org What price health? 8 It is my privilege in this edition of In touch to thank a wide range of people who, by their compassion and talents, make life better for those living with dementia as well as their families and carers. Congratulations to Professor Maree Gleeson, one of our Directors, for her well-deserved OAM. Our Directors do a wonderful job, all in a voluntary capacity, and we thank them most sincerely for it. Memory Walk A big thank you to everyone who took part in our all new and improved Memory Walk and Memory Jog in May. The changes that were made, including the move in the location and the time of year it was held, all helped us to have our best Memory Walk yet, raising $110,000. More Memory Walks will be held in regional NSW during Dementia Awareness Week in September. You can read all about them on page 4. Dementia Awareness Week Again this year, there is a lot of activity happening in Dementia Awareness Week, running from 16 to 26 September. We are particularly pleased to have Professor Ron Petersen, Director of the Mayo Alzheimer’s Disease Research Centre in the United States, who is renowned as the ‘godfather of Mild Cognitive Impairment’, on a national speaking tour for Alzheimer’s Australia. Having speakers of the calibre of Professor Petersen and neuroscientist Baroness Susan Greenfield, who was here in July, helps us get dementia onto the wider public agenda and keep our members up to date with the latest developments in research and treatments for dementia. You can find out more about Dementia Awareness Week and Professor Petersen’s visit on page 4. Farewell Finally, thank you and farewell to Jill Faddy, an AlzNSW volunteer for more than 25 years. Our volunteers are invaluable and we would not be able to help as many people as we do without them. On behalf of the organisation, thank you Jill for your many years of wonderful service, and thank you to all our volunteers for your tireless work and support. Read about Jill and some of our many volunteers on page 12. The Hon. John Watkins CEO
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In Touch Summer 2011-12