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Intouch : In Touch Issue 78
4 In touch Spring 2011 www.alzheimers.org.au NEWS Dementia Awareness Week AlzNSW events will raise the profile of dementia during DAW. Dementia Awareness Week (DAW) is happening again this year from 16-26 September and there is again a wide range of activities planned. We are happy to announce that the NSW Government Department of Human Services (ADHC) and HACC are once again providing funding for our extensive range of initiatives, which include World Alzheimer's Day on Wednesday 21 September, a statewide media campaign, a public seminar with Professor Ron Petersen, Memory Walks, Memory Van visits and more. MEDIA CAMPAIGN The media campaign will feature our Community Service Announcement (CSA) titled 'There's a difference'. The CSA is aimed at people who have legitimate concerns about memory loss and memory related symptoms. It recommends consumers phone the National Dementia Helpline to discover a world of understanding, information and support. The campaign will run on a major commercial network across metro, regional and rural NSW, and can be watched on YouTube. W: www.youtube.com/ watch?v=JBOuoMSdKmA PROFESSOR PETERSEN SEMINAR Professor Ron Petersen is the Director of the Mayo Alzheimer's Disease Research Center and the Mayo Clinic Study of Ageing in the USA and has authored more than 300 peer-reviewed articles on memory disorders, ageing and Alzheimer's disease. He will be speaking at a free AlzNSW public seminar in Sydney on Monday 26 September, perfect for carers, medical and healthcare professionals, and anyone involved in dementia care or education. When: Monday 26 September. Morning tea and registration from 9.30am; seminar 10am -- 11.30am Where: Strangers Dining Room, NSW Parliament House E: firstname.lastname@example.org T: (02) 9805 0100 Bookings are essential. MEMORY WALKS The Sydney Memory Walk was held in May and was a great success, raising over $110,000 and there are more to come around the state during Dementia Awareness Week. Broken Hill: 11 September Illawarra: 17 September Port Macquarie: 18 September Albury: 24 September Tweed: 25 September Hunter Community Walk with Amanda Percival: 17 September W: www.memorywalk.com.au PREVENTION AND TREATMENT SEMINAR AlzNSW will be holding a free public seminar during DAW, where Scientia Professor Henry Brodaty AO, Director of the Primary DCRC at the University of NSW, and Professor Nicola Lautenschlager, Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Melbourne, will discuss the prevention and treatment of dementia. The seminar will be chaired by Alzheimer's Australia President Ita Buttrose. When: Wednesday 21 September 6-7.30pm Where: Wesley Conference Centre, 220 Pitt St, Sydney W: www.dementiaresearch.org.au E: email@example.com T: (02) 9385 2702 or (02) 9385 2585 YOD EVENT A Younger Onset Dementia function with Professor John Hodges will be held at Noah's on the Beach on Monday 19 September for health professionals, GPs and specialists. E: firstname.lastname@example.org T: (02) 4908 0217 OTHER EVENTS AlzNSW initiatives also include Memory Van visits to selected regional areas, a street banner campaign in the City of Sydney, a Memories Service at Christ Church Cathedral in Newcastle on Sunday 18 September and 'Morning Tea' grants for statewide Carer Support Groups. Once again, we'll ask the dementia advisers and Carer Support Groups to distribute 'Worried About Your Memory?' brochures to small clinics and pharmacies. Join us this September by getting involved in any way you can to help us spread the word! Al the Elephant hit the streets to raise awareness of dementia prevention and treatment during last year's DAW events.
In Touch Issue 77
In Touch Summer 2011-12