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Intouch : In Touch Issue 78
www.alzheimers.org.au In touch Spring 2011 5 W Café Connect provides opportunities for people with dementia and their carers to socialise and share ideas. The Connections Café in Warners Bay has been such a success in reducing social isolation that it has changed to a larger venue. The Warner's Bay group now meets at Ducks Crossing at Eleebana. There are also several Café Connect groups throughout NSW, so check the dates below and come along. Toronto When: fourth Thursday of each month Where: Toronto Workers Club Contact: Clare Coyle T: (02) 4962 7000 Warners Bay When: first Wednesday of each month, 10am Where: Warners Bay Contact: Bev Watson T: (02) 4962 7000 Caringbah When: 27 September, 25 October, 22 November Where: Camellia Gardens Tea House, Caringbah Contact: Julie T: 0418 815 041 Gold coin donation appreciated. Volunteer program awarded Bega-based dementia volunteer program recognised in the Health Excellence Awards. Bega Hospital's Person Centred Dementia Volunteer program has been recognised in the Southern NSW Local Health District Excellence Awards. Established by AlzNSW Bega office Regional Manager Barbra Williams and Dementia Delirium Clinical Nurse Consultant Cath Bateman two years ago, the program aims to improve the emotional wellbeing of patients and reduce their risk of adverse outcomes. Taking out top gong in the Volunteer Service Category and Highly Commended in the Chief Executive Officer category, the program was recognised for its contribution to improved emotional care and safety for patients and support to staff. It has now been included in the NSW Dementia Services Framework 2010-2015 as an example of existing good practice in hospital care. BANG THE DRUM! Al the Elephant scales the heights of Mt Kilimanjaro with Julie and her daughter Lauren. Keep sending in your entries for the second Bang the Drum competition! Post: Andrew Mills, AlzNSW PO Box 6042 , North Ryde, NSW 2113 Email: email@example.com A recent Pfizer Health Report found 49 per cent of Australians have not taken any measures to plan ahead in the event of losing their ability to make decisions due to illness. According to the report, most people have clear ideas about what they would like to happen if they were terminally ill even though they have not documented their wishes. To explain the importance of planning ahead, AlzNSW is holding two forums with NSW Health, generously sponsored by Carroll and O'Dea Lawyers. The forums will describe in simple terms the legal instruments available and what people need to do. Speakers will include Professor Colleen Cartwright, international expert in ageing, ethics and medical decisions at the end of life; Imelda Dodds, CEO of the NSW Trustee and Guardian; and The Hon. John Watkins, CEO of AlzNSW. Smithfield RSL Club: 5 October South Tweed Sports Club: 8 December RSVP: AlzNSW E: firstname.lastname@example.org T: (02) 9805 0100 Plan ahead AlzNSW Planning Ahead Forums promote the importance of being prepared. NEWS Have your say Join a Regional Consumer Committee. We are committed to ensuring the voices of our consumers are heard and our policies and programs reflect the needs of those we represent. We have developed a network of regional consumer committees throughout NSW to consult with people living with dementia, their families and carers. The AlzNSW Consumer Committees in Sydney, Newcastle, Wollongong, Port Macquarie, Armidale, Orange and Wagga Wagga meet twice a year, and committees in Bega and Cooma meet annually. Committees discuss important policy issues and contribute to both state and national policy development. HOW TO JOIN For more information or to join a committee contact Jo-Ann Brown. E: email@example.com T: (02) 8875 4636
In Touch Issue 77
In Touch Summer 2011-12