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Intouch : In Touch Summer 2011-12
IN TOUCH SUMMER 2011 9 lifestyle choices but more potent methods of prevention are potentially within reach. "In the end, this sort of prevention will be the ultimate cure for most causes of dementia. "I'm convinced that we are now positioned to achieve this end within a decade. But to do so we will need much more investment in medical research. " MEMORIES SERVICE The 11th Annual Memories Service in Newcastle was held on 18 September to celebrate the lives of those living with dementia, past and present. The service at the Christ Church Cathedral was run by AlzNSW's Dementia and Memory Resource Centre in Hamilton and attended by 50 people. AlzNSW Regional Manager Sally O'Loughlin said the service was a way for people to remember and commemorate loved ones who had been affected by dementia. "This service is a wonderful, meaningful way for people to come together and remember and honour their loved ones, " Sally said. YOD FORUM A forum for Hunter clinicians and health care professionals looking at the unique challenges facing people with younger onset dementia (YOD) was held in Newcastle on 19 September. YOD is the onset of symptoms of dementia in people under the age of 65. It affects an estimated 16,000 Australians. This was the frst time a forum on YOD had been held in Newcastle, and it was attended by 120 people, including neuropsychiatrists, general practitioners, psychologists and representatives from Medicare. Speakers at the sold-out forum included John Hodges, professor of Cognitive Neurology at the University of NSW; Dr Peter Schofeld, Clinical Director of Neuropsychiatry Service; Dr John Ward, Associate Professor in the Medical Faculty of the University of Newcastle and the Clinical Lead in Aged Care Services and Geriatricians with the Hunter New England Local Health District; and Angie Robinson, the Executive Manager of Service Development, UnitingCare Ageing. The clinical forum was held by the Hunter New England local Health Network, UnitingCare Ageing and AlzNSW as part of DAW, with additional sponsorship from Pfzer Australia. COOKING IN ARMIDALE Despite gale force winds, DAW was celebrated in Armidale with an information stand and the opportunity to partake in healthy food choices. With Armidale Dumaresq Council Mayor Peter Ducat and Member for Northern Tablelands The Hon. Richard Torbay cooking up a storm in the Armidale Mall, we had a very successful day and managed to reach a new audience. SUTHERLAND BARBECUE World Alzheimer's Day 2011 was celebrated by the Sutherland/St George area DAS with a family barbecue for current and prospective clients and carers. Volunteer Paul and carer Bruce cooked and Dementia Support Worker Julie Sinnis and Dementia Advisor Ljubinka Brkic organised all the food. AlzNSW Diversional Therapist Lauretta Kaldor led quizzes and activities. DAW is an Australian Government Initiative. DAW is generously supported by Ageing, Disability and Home Care, Department of Human Services NSW and Home and Community Care (HACC). Thank you for the ongoing support. MEMORY WALKS • Broken Hill 11 September • Illawarra 17 September • Port Macquarie 18 September • Albury 24 September • Narrabri 22 September • Tweed 25 September These successful events helped raise awareness and much-needed funds for AlzNSW. Together, our regions raised a total of $10,217, which is a fantastic effort and a 60 per cent increase on last year's fundraising. A special thank you to the committees and local community groups that made these regional events possible. Port Macquarie: The Port Macquarie Triathlon Club held a Fun Run and Walk led by member for Port Macquarie and co-convenor of the Parliamentary Friends of Dementia Leslie Williams. It was attended by more than 100 people. Tweed Heads: Tweed Heads’ frst ever Memory Walk for AlzNSW took place on Sunday 25 September. Despite poor weather, there were 40 participants in the Memory Walk, who set off after an offcial welcome by Atosha Clancy from the Dementia Advisory Service and Julia Gill, Health Promotion Offcer at the Tweed Heads Community Health Centre. Illawarra: Wollongong's third annual Memory Walk for Alzheimer's Australia NSW was held on Saturday 17 September in conjunction with the Multicultural Communities Council of Illawarra. Around 400 people attended the event, in addition to those who registered online, raising an impressive $2227 for the important work of AlzNSW. Albury-Wodonga: The Walk for Dementia hit the border when the Albury-Wodonga community came out in force to show their support for people living with dementia. The Border Walk was spectacularly led by the Border Pipe Band, with the sound of drums and pipes drawing lots of attention. Broken Hill: The frst Broken Hill Memory Walk, starting at the Duke of Cornwall Park and concluding at Sturt Park, raised awareness of dementia services available in Broken Hill and surrounding areas.
In Touch Issue 78
In Touch Autumn 2012