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Intouch : In Touch Summer 2011-12
6 IN TOUCH SUMMER 2 011 FIT KIDS DANCE Almost 1000 school children danced with members of the Sydney Dance Company in June thanks to Bupa Care Services. Hosted by AlzNSW's Ambassador PJ Lane, children from around Sydney had a fantastic time learning great dance steps and about the importance of keeping ft. Dancing with the Stars judge Josh Horner also helped out, showing the kids a move or two, and Al the Elephant was on hand to help out PJ and the dance crew. Thanks to Bupa for organising the event and its donation to AlzNSW. HUNTER VOLUNTEER AWARDS The Hunter Dementia Resource Centre in Newcastle and its volunteers have been recognised for their great work in both the NSW Carers Week Awards and the National Volunteer Week Awards. The Centre was named a NSW Carer- Friendly Workplace. Two volunteers, Mariola Brock and Jan Curry, were presented with certifcates of appreciation as part of the 2011 NSW Carers Week Awards, while volunteers Gail Hodson and Helen Walkerden received certifcates of appreciation as part of the 2011 National Volunteer Week Awards. "We are very proud of the centre, the volunteers, our staff and all our visitors, " said Regional Manager Sally O'Loughlin. PARLIAMENTARY FRIENDS OF DEMENTIA Following the launch of the Building Dementia and Age- friendly Neighbourhoods report, Parliamentary Friends of Dementia co-convenor and Member for Port Macquarie Leslie Williams spoke in Parliament about the importance of AlzNSW and improving support services for people with dementia, their families and carers. "Members are representatives of their local communities, "Ms Williams told the NSW Parliament. "This issue is deserving of bipartisan support because dementia affects people living in every electorate across NSW. " AlzNSW would like to thank Parliamentary Friends of Dementia co-convenors Ms Williams and Dr Andrew McDonald, Member for Macquarie Fields, who has long been a valued supporter of AlzNSW. Without these two committed supporters, twice-yearly meetings that allow us to communicate with our NSW Parliamentarians about dementia and what they can do to help people with dementia in NSW, their carers and families, could not happen. ARTY DONATION The Inner Wheel Club of Armidale recently raised $3000 for AlzNSW art therapy programs that provide people living with dementia a safe, creative outlet. "This donation will greatly assist our program, " said Sally Henry, Dementia and Carer Support Program Manager for the New England Division of General Practice and AlzNSW. "We'll use the money to buy equipment and supplies for practical art therapy classes. " The ladies of the Inner Wheel Club raised the funds through a pre-loved art auction and sale at the Armidale Town Hall in April, with approximately 600 artworks donated for the fundraiser. "It was rewarding being able to help such worthwhile local organisations" , said Wheel Club art sale coordinator Aileen Thomas. Susan Murphy, pictured with her partner Graeme Atkins, was recognised with a Caring Partner Ambassador Award for her tireless work. SMARTPHONE? BRAINYAPP! Smartphone users are more clever than ever with the release of Alzheimer's Australia's new BrainyApp. Developed by Alzheimer's Australia and the Bupa Health Foundation, BrainyApp is available as a free download from the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod users. It helps users monitor and improve the physical, mental, dietary and social aspects of their lifestyle to help reduce their risk of dementia. "The changes in the brain that lead to dementia can start when people are in their 30s and 40s, " said Dr Michael Valenzuela, head of the Regenerative Neuroscience Group at the University of NSW and author of Maintain Your Brain (ABC Books), who helped to develop BrainyApp. "Although the evidence is still developing, we are learning that there are a wide range of lifestyle choices and activities that can improve brain health and, in turn, may reduce the risk of dementia" . Users begin by taking a survey to assess their brain and heart health, then receive useful tips to improve their score and overall health. They also stay mentally active by playing BrainyApp's brain games. Search 'BrainyApp' in the App Store or fnd out more at the BrainyApp website. W: www.brainyapp.com.au NEWS
In Touch Issue 78
In Touch Autumn 2012