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Intouch : In Touch Issue 78
14 In touch Spring 2011 www.alzheimers.org.au SERVICES 1 Support at time of diagnosis helps you and your family to make sense of the diagnosis and the next steps. 2 Practical advice helps you minimise the impact of dementia. 3 Living with Memory Loss programs for people in early- stage dementia increase knowledge and confidence for managing memory loss. 4 Individual and family consultations help you plan for the future. 5 Education programs help you understand and live well with dementia. 6 Up-to-date information and resources about dementia and access to the members' lending library keeps you and your family informed. 7 Connections with other people living with dementia enable you to share information and experiences. 8 Social and creative activities provide opportunities for meaningful participation. 9 Recommendations and advice about dementia support services in your area ensure suitable care. 10Our provision of information to GPs and other health care providers helps them improve their care and support for you. To find out more, contact AlzNSW on the National Dementia Helpline. The National Dementia Helpline is an Australian Government Initiative. An interpreter service is available. T: 1800 100 500 How we help Gordon Gordon has frontotemporal dementia (semantic dementia) so he has trouble with comprehension and language, and there are also behavioural changes. "He can't remember meanings of words; he can't remember faces," says his wife Helen. "He'll call milk water, for example. If I mention my brother, he has no idea who he is until he sees him. He's in a totally different world." Gordon comes to the AlzNSW 'Colour from Heart to Art' sessions, and Helen says he loves it. "He can go in there and express his creative side in safety and he doesn't have to communicate with anybody. It just gives him so much pleasure. I can't put a value on it." Art therapy programs are run in Sydney and regional areas, and no prior experience is necessary! Contact AlzNSW on the National Dementia Helpline to find your nearest session. T: 1800 100 500 10 CAN HELP WAYS ALZNSW AlzNSW is here to support people with dementia, their families and carers. Let us count the ways!
In Touch Issue 77
In Touch Summer 2011-12