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Intouch : In Touch Issue 78
www.alzheimers.org.au In touch Spring 2011 7 AGM All members and supporters are invited to attend the AlzNSW AGM. When: 24 November, 2.30pm Where: Vincent Fairfax Family Resource Centre, Macquarie Hospital Campus, 120 Coxs Road, North Ryde STAFF NEWS Welcome to Verity Jackson, who has commenced with us in Cooma in the role of Dementia Advisor. Also, big thanks to Kirsty Perry and Faye Cavdarski, who have been very cheerfully providing administration and reception support for the past few months at the Dementia and Memory Community Centres at North Ryde and Port Macquarie. CONGRATULATIONS Congratulations to Professor Maree Gleeson, one of AlzNSW's Directors, who received an OAM in the Queen's Birthday Honours for her contributions to medicine, education and professional associations. DONATION The Dementia Care Volunteer Program at Coffs Harbour Base Hospital received generous donations of $150 from the Coffs Harbour Ex-Services Sports Touring and Classic Car club, and $200 from St Nic's Craft Group. They will be used to fund activities for the program, which is jointly managed by AlzNSW and the Mid- North Coast Local Health Network. NEWS Keep up! Get all the latest news from AlzNSW on Twitter and Facebook, and see event photos on Flickr. Facebook: facebook.com/alznsw Twitter: twitter.com/alznsw Flickr: flickr.com/photos/alznsw Down Memory Lane AlzNSW Ambassador PJ Lane is again hosting Memory Lane, a wonderful night of entertainment in honour of his father, the late, great Don Lane. This year's show will feature such stars as Rhonda Birchmore, Verity Ballard-Hunt (aka Mary Poppins), David Harris, Alan Jones and comedian Darren Carr, and all proceeds will go to AlzNSW. When: Monday 24 October Where: State Theatre, Sydney W: www.thememorylaneconcert. com.au T: (02) 9373 6655 This year's Memory Lane concert is set to be even bigger and better than 2010's. Art Xpress in the Hunter The Hunter Dementia Memory and Resource Centre is now running weekly art sessions for people with dementia, including younger onset dementia. Art Xpress in the Hunter is a dementia-specific art therapy program that encourages people with dementia to engage in creative expression in a safe, supportive environment. Each week, the Percy Street Centre's meeting room is transformed into an artist's studio with relaxed, fun atmosphere, and a group of people with dementia, including people with younger onset dementia, meets for art therapy sessions. A growing body of research literature has found the use of creative therapies can exercise and increase cognitive skills. Art therapy also encourages self-expression and provides social interaction for people living with dementia. While the idea of participating in an art therapy session can be overwhelming for some at first, the program focuses on the strengths and abilities of its members and, with a little encouragement, their reluctance is often replaced with enthusiasm. The measure of success is in the positive outcomes for the participants, with none more obvious than the delight they express as their creative skills are developed. Come along Where: Dementia Memory and Resource Centre in Newcastle When: Tuesdays, 10am-12pm T: (02) 4962 7000
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In Touch Summer 2011-12