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Intouch : In Touch Autumn 2012
4 IN TOUCH AUTUMN 2012 NEWS FOLLOW THAT VAN! To fnd out where the Memory Vans will be in upcoming months, visit the Fight Dementia website. W: www.fghtdementia.org.au Invite a Memory Van to your community event by contacting Kim Wilson or Susan Newton. Hunter and Mid North Coast: Contact: Kim Wilson T: (02) 4962 7000 E: firstname.lastname@example.org Rest of NSW: Contact Susan Newton T: (02) 8875 4637 E: email@example.com AlzNSW will hold fve Planning Ahead Forums between April and June this year in Dee Why, Chester Hill, Bankstown, Campsie and Fairfeld/Canley Heights. These free forums will focus on the importance of planning ahead and explain how to ensure that specifc wishes regarding health and legal decisions are fulflled in the future. The forums will look at issues related to losing the capacity to make decisions regarding one's own health due to illness, highlight what kind of plans can be put in place and describe in simple terms the legal instruments available to people and what they provide. According to a Pfzer Health Report, although many Australians have clear ideas about what they would like to happen should they become terminally ill, 49 per cent have not documented those plans. There are three crucial decisions that must be considered by Australians early on: who to trust with their fnancial decisions; who to trust to make decisions about their future care and the type of care that they want at the end of their lives. "Having a will is one of the easiest ways you can ensure your decisions regarding where you would like your estate to go are fulflled, ” CEO of AlzNSW The Hon. John Watkins says. "Yet a recent Newspoll suggested only 55 per cent of people in NSW have a will. "We all need to make sure if we get to a point where we can no longer make our own decisions, that our wishes about our health care and fnancial plans have been set out in a legally binding document, ” he said. "If we don't, it can place added stress on our family and carers who are either unsure of our wishes or who do not have the legal ability to make sure our wishes are followed. ” In 2011, AlzNSW conducted two Planning Ahead Forums, which were attended by approximately 200 people. Responses from attendees, whether older individuals or service providers working in the health and aged care sectors, were very positive about the information provided. Presenters at the 2012 Planning Ahead Forums will speak about aged care, fnancial planning, legal services, local health services, support and more. For more information about dates and venues of the forums, contact AlzNSW. T: (02) 9805 0100 PLANNING AHEAD FORUMS PLANNING RESOURCE The NSW Government has a new website to help you plan ahead, called Planning Ahead Tools. It aims to help Australians plan for future legal, health and asset decisions. W: www.planningahead tools.com.au MEMORY VANS The AlzNSW Memory Vans have been clocking up the kilometres travelling around NSW to raise awareness of dementia and risk reduction, visiting all of the towns and cities marked on the map, right. For more than three years, the intergenerational Percy Street Singers have been coming together every Friday morning for song, fun and friendship at the Hunter Dementia and Memory Resource Centre. Lois, the intrepid leader and pianist with a passion for music, has lovingly compiled over 100 of the best songs, and each is always performed with vigour and passion. "We don't call ourselves a choir, ” Lois says. “We are a group of friends coming together for fun and, if a song or two is shared, all the better!” Arthur, a carer for his wife, attends each week to share the music they grew up with. Arthur often collaborates with Lois using a range of instruments including the fute, a treat that often has the room listening silently. Betty enjoys playing the piano, and her passion for music and years of experience make her an integral part of the group. Betty loves to recall the history of Newcastle, and the songs often trigger memories and have her sharing her local knowledge. For more information, or to get involved, contact the Hunter Dementia & Memory Resource Centre. T: (02) 4962 7000 PERCY STREET SINGERS Albury Young Cootamundra Grenfell Tuncurry West Wyalong Blayney Berry Constitution Hill Ulladulla Kiama Wingham Holbrook Cowra Parramatta Raymond Terrace Salamander Bay Tanilba Bay Nelson Bay Williamtown Wallaga Lake Pambula Wolumla Cobargo Wyndham Candelo
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