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Intouch : In Touch Issue 78
6 In touch Spring 2011 www.alzheimers.org.au VETERANS' BENEFITS Changes to how links between medical conditions and military service are assessed may mean more veterans with Alzheimer's disease are eligible for benefits. In 2010, the Repatriation Medical Authority updated its Statement of Principles (SOP), used to establish a connection between a medical condition and military service to determine a person's eligibility for benefits, for Alzheimer's disease. The SOP for Alzheimer's disease provides a list of factors, at least one of which must exist to suggest a link between Alzheimer 's disease and the military service rendered by the person. If you or your spouse is or was a veteran with Alzheimer's disease, you may be eligible for additional benefits. Contact the Department of Veterans' Affairs or your local ex-service organisation for advice. W: www.dva.gov.au The SOP is available from the Repatriation Medical Authority. W: www.rma.gov.au NEWS Early support The early stages of dementia can be difficult, but both the patient and their loved ones can find support in AlzNSW's Living with Memory Loss program (LWML). LWML is for people in the early stages of dementia and their carers, and people with memory loss can also attend alone. Groups talk about symptoms and diagnoses, adapting to changes, research and new drug treatments, practical strategies for coping with memory loss, relationships, looking after themselves, planning for the future, community services, legal issues, and where to find more help. To find out about upcoming LWML sessions, contact AlzNSW on the National Dementia Helpline. T: 1800 100 500. Identification The NSW Photo Card is a voluntary identity card for people who do not hold a current NSW driver licence or other form of photo identification. The Photo Card application form is available from any motor registry, or can be downloaded from the RTA website. Administration fees may be waived for eligible pensioners, including war widows. Contact the RTA to find out more. W: www.rta.nsw.gov.au T: 132 213 KOREAN VISITORS A delegation from the Yuhan Institute of Health Medicine and Welfare in Seoul, Korea, visited the Vincent Fairfax Family Resource Centre in North Ryde in June to learn about the services offered by AlzNSW, including the National Dementia Helpline, the library, counselling, and early intervention programs. Member discounts AlzNSW members are eligible for discounted registration for the Mind and its Potential Conference in Sydney. The Mind and its Potential Conference will bring 40 amazing speakers to Sydney in November, including creativity guru Dr Edward de Bono, inventor of mind mapping Tony Buzan and Oxford University neuroscientist Baroness Susan Greenfield. Topics of discussion include: how we learn, how we should teach, how to overcome adversity and disability, and different ways of living our lives. Alzheimer's Australia members and affiliates are eligible for a 10 per cent discount on conference registration. When: 7-8 November Where: Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre W: www.mindanditspotential.com.au T: (02) 8719 5118 Dementia and sexuality Congratulations to Elaine White, AlzNSW Educator and author of Dementia and Sexuality: The Rose that Never Wilts, which was glowingly reviewed by Alzheimer's Scotland. BORROW THE BOOK E: firstname.lastname@example.org T: (02) 9888 4218 BUY THE BOOK W: www.alz.seekbooks.com.au T: (02) 8206 9035
In Touch Issue 77
In Touch Summer 2011-12