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Intouch : In Touch Summer 2011-12
IN TOUCH SUMMER 2011 5 MEN'S SHEDS A joint venture by AlzNSW and the Men's Shed Association aims to minimise the incidence and impact of dementia through leadership, innovation and partnerships. Stuart Torrance, Project Offcer at the Newcastle offce of AlzNSW, believes the Every Man Needs a Shed program, made possible through a grant from the NSW Government Department of Family and Community Services, is a valuable contribution to dementia care and support. It works to break down the barriers of isolation felt by many men when they are diagnosed with dementia. "The shed provides an environment where men can speak freely with one another, share their experiences or concerns, and regain a sense of purpose they feel they may be losing when they are diagnosed with dementia, " Stuart said. The pilot program will operate in Cessnock, Maitland, Salamander Bay and Singleton. Informative talks, training courses and tailored resource packs will inform members of dementia and its causes, and develop ways of engaging men who have the early (mild) stages of a cognitive impairment. Contact the Hunter Dementia and Memory Resource Centre for more information. T: (02) 4962 7000 In October, the team from the AlzNSW Dementia and Memory Resource Centre in the Hunter took the Newcastle Social Group on a road trip to the Blue Mountains. The Everglades, with grounds in full bloom and amazing tulips everywhere, was a spectacular sight. From there it was on to Katoomba, which evoked reminiscence and memories of honeymoons and past getaways. "I don't remember the last time I have enjoyed myself so much, " said one carer. PRODUCTIVITY COMMISSION CONSULTATIONS Alzheimer's Australia received funding from the Federal Department of Health and Ageing to conduct community consultations across the country during October 2011 to seek feedback on the recommendations made by the Productivity Commission in its report titled 'Caring for Older Australians'. Minister for Mental Health and Ageing The Hon. Mark Butler MP was interested to hear the views and specifc issues faced by those people affected by dementia. In NSW, consultations were held in North Ryde, Merimbula and Fairfeld. All aboard! Newcastle's Social Group rides the scenic railway. HUNTER'S ROAD TRIP Q MY WIFE WHO HAS DEMENTIA SEEMS TO HAVE GONE DOWNHILL QUITE QUICKLY. SHE'S VERY CONFUSED AND DISORIENTED, WHAT SHOULD I DO? A Sometimes a rapid deterioration in a person's functioning indicates an acute medical condition such as an infection. It is important to seek medical advice as soon as possible because the problem can often be easily treated. Sometimes it can be hard for someone with dementia to let you know the exact problem, but a visit to the GP should be the frst step. Q MUM HAS BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH DEMENTIA. DOES THAT MEAN I AM GOING TO GET IT? A The chances of inheritance depends on what sort of dementia your mother has been diagnosed with. If it is Alzheimer's disease (the most common form of dementia accounting for about 70 per cent of all diagnoses), the highest risk factor for anyone is age rather than any genetic connection. As you age the risk of dementia increases, so that for people aged 85 and over the incidence of dementia is about one in fve. There is a very rare form of younger onset dementia that is genetic but, for the vast majority of people, having a close relative with Alzheimer's disease is not evidence of any genetic link. This is a complex subject, so for more information on the topic of dementia and heredity, consult the help sheet available for download on the Alzheimer's Australia website or call the National Dementia Helpline to talk to one of our experienced Helpline Counsellors. Q&A NEED ANSWERS? Do you have a question for AlzNSW? Email or phone the National Dementia Helpline E: firstname.lastname@example.org T: 1800 100 500
In Touch Issue 78
In Touch Autumn 2012