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Intouch : In Touch Summer 2011-12
8 IN TOUCH SUMMER 2 011 During Dementia Awareness Week (DAW), which ran from 16- 26 September, activities throughout the state raised awareness of dementia and funds for AlzNSW to help people living with dementia. Our There's a difference television commercial aired during primetime on the Seven network across NSW, causing a signifcant spike in calls to our Helpline and hits on our website as people sought information about the disease and where to get help. Our Memory Vans travelled extensively to rural areas, with a focus on indigenous communities. We also effectively expanded our awareness campaign to include a number of culturally and linguistically diverse and (CALD) and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) newspapers. The Forget-Me-Not girls held a successful cocktail fundraising event in Sydney. We also continued our GP clinic information program, with our carer support groups helping to disseminate information to their local GPs and pharmacies, expanding our community reach. A big thank you to everyone who participated in DAW 2011 and special thanks to all our members, carers, dementia advisors and staff who made the week so successful. Read on for more highlights from DAW 2011. VISITING EXPERT Dr John Breitner, Director of the Centre for Studies on Prevention of Alzheimer's Disease at McGill University and the Douglas Mental Health Research Institute in Canada, was a guest of Alzheimer's Australia for DAW, and spoke at seminars around Australia. "Dementia does not develop overnight, " Dr Breitner said. "It is caused by brain diseases that unfold over decades before symptoms are obvious. "The most common cause is Alzheimer's disease, which is responsible for 60-75 per cent of dementia cases. "We don't know what starts Alzheimer's disease any more than we know what starts heart disease or cancer, but we have a good sense of how it unfolds. " "Researchers are now using imaging techniques and examination of spinal fuid to fnd evidence of Alzheimer’s disease biology before people have symptoms. “This work ... identifes people who are destined to be affected by dementia. But, more importantly, these biomarkers may be used to test interventions that can prevent the disease from evolving. "The evidence suggests we aren't doing a great job just yet diagnosing dementia illnesses. "For the moment people need to be aware that they may be able to reduce their risk of dementia by making healthy NEWS FEATURE (L-R) Dementia expert Dr John Breitner, Alzheimer's Australia President Ita Buttrose and AlzNSW CEO The Hon. John Watkins at a Dementia Awareness Week event in Sydney. DEMENTIA AWARENESS WEEK FROM SEMINARS WITH INTERNATIONAL EXPERTS AND GLAMOROUS COCKTAIL PARTIES TO BARBECUES, WALKS AND JOGS, EVENTS ALL OVER NSW RAISED AWARENESS ABOUT DEMENTIA AND FUNDS FOR ALZNSW.
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