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Intouch : In Touch Summer 2011-12
4 IN TOUCH SUMMER 2 011 NEWS MEMORY LANE CONCERT Around 900 people gathered at the State Theatre on Monday 24 October for the second Memory Lane Concert, hosted and produced by AlzNSW Ambassador PJ Lane in memory of his father, Don Lane. The audience was treated to a great night of performances from stars including Rhonda Burchmore, new Young Talent Time host Rob Mills, comedian Darren Carr, song and dance man Wayne Scott Kermond, star of Wicked and Miss Saigon David Harris, seasoned leading man Peter Cousens, and comedian Lesley Hancock. A very big thank you to major sponsor Bupa for their generous support of the event and to PJ and all the cast and crew for a wonderful night. AlzNSW has held two free Planning Ahead forums. The frst, in conjunction with the South Western Sydney Local Health District, was held in Smithfeld in October. The second, in conjunction with the Northern NSW Local Health District, was held in Tweed Heads in December. The Tweed Heads event featured Ambassador for Ageing Noeline Brown as the special guest. The forums focused on how to plan for future care, particularly how to ensure that specifc wishes regarding health and legal care are fulflled. Planning for future care ensures a person's own wishes are fulflled and relieves families of the burden of guessing at loved ones' wishes. "Advance care planning is about communicating your wishes to the people close to you while you're still well enough to do so, " explains Dr Chris Shanley from the Aged Care Research Unit at Liverpool Hospital. "So if the time ever comes when you lose the capacity to make your own decisions, it is more likely you will be cared for in the manner you would have chosen for yourself, " he said. Speakers included: Imelda Dodds, CEO of the NSW Trustee and Guardian; University Professor Colleen Cartwright, international expert in ageing, ethics and medical decisions at the end of life; Maithri Panagoda and Hanaan Indari, both partners with Carroll & O'Dea Lawyers; The Hon. John Waktins, AlzNSW CEO; and Dr Shanley. There were also information stalls from organisations including AlzNSW, forum sponsor Carroll & O'Dea Lawyers, Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centre, Dementia Advisory Service, Guardian Funerals, the NSW Trustee and Guardian, and the My Wishes Program. Watch out for more Planning Ahead forums in Bankstown, Campsie, Fairfeld and Dee Why in 2012. BLUEPRINT STUDIOS PLANNING AHEAD FORUM ADAPTING THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT AlzNSW's latest discussion paper, Building Dementia and Age-Friendly Neighbourhoods, urges the consideration of an ageing population in the design of the built environment. More comfortable seating, more accessible unisex toilets, non-slip foor surfaces and better lighting in public places can signifcantly reduce isolation felt by people with dementia and older Australians. "While great advances have been made in recent years for people with physical disabilities in regard to accessibility in outdoor areas, very little has been done to include people with dementia and cognitive disabilities, and the ageing population, " said AlzNSW CEO The Hon. John Watkins. "Spaces that active, able people take for granted, like shopping centres and leisure centres, can be confusing and disorientating, and can exclude people with dementia, adding signifcantly to the isolation and stigma people with dementia feel. "With an ageing population, it is vital we plan now to future-proof our homes and communities. " It is also vital that hospital staff and frontline services staff in places like banks and shops receive basic dementia-awareness training, John says. There are an estimated 267,000 people with dementia in Australia, which is set to soar to almost 1 million people by 2050. The discussion paper was compiled with the help of Alzheimer's Australia NSW's eight regional consumer committees. Download a copy of the paper from the Fight Dementia website. W: www.alzheimers.org.au/new- south-wales/research-nsw.aspx READ UP! AlzNSW's central library in North Ryde is available to all members. It has more than 4000 books on a wide variety of topics, including health care, medicine, therapies and carer support, and distributes abstracts from journal articles, lists of new items, newsletters, YouTube videos and podcasts via email. E: email@example.com T: (02) 9888 4218
In Touch Issue 78
In Touch Autumn 2012