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Intouch : In Touch Autumn 2012
IN TOUCH AUTUMN 2012 7 WHOLE LOTTA LOVE The past few months have been busy for the Fight Dementia Campaign team. The most recent activity shared the love with politicians on Valentine's Day -- key Federal MPs received heart- shaped postcards calling for their support for people with dementia -- and this followed hot on the heels of activities run to coincide with Christmas and New Year. In the “12 Days ‘Til Christmas” campaign, 12 members and supporters let their fellow Australians know their Christmas wish: that the Federal Government commit to $500 million funding over fve years to address the dementia epidemic. An advertisement in The Australian newspaper and video messages on the Fight Dementia website prompted many members of the public to get in touch and get behind our work. On 3 January, six more supporters and members took part in the “Make 2012 A Year To Remember” campaign, again asking the Federal Government to commit $500 million to the Fight Dementia Action Plan. A second advertisement ran in The Australian newspaper and video messages were again loaded on to the Fight Dementia website. The latest action was on Valentine's Day. Parliament House in Canberra was swamped with thousands of heart-shaped postcards from members and supporters around Australia asking the Prime Minister Julia Gillard, Treasurer Wayne Swan, Minister for Finance Senator Penny Wong, Opposition Leader Tony Abbott, Shadow Treasurer Joe Hockey and Shadow Finance Minister Andrew Robb what they would do if their loved ones could not remember them. The postcards asked the politicians to support the $500 million Fight Dementia Action Plan in the upcoming Federal Budget for 2012/13, due in May. The campaign has been gathering strength and getting noticed where it counts, with speeches about the issue being made by MPs and Senators in Federal Parliament over the past few months. Alzheimer's Australia President Ita Buttrose and National CEO Glenn Rees also met with Prime Minister Julia Gillard in December; the Prime Minister greeted Ita and Glenn with the words: "Now what about this Fight Dementia campaign?” Thank you to all those who have supported the campaign either by becoming a Dementia Champion, writing to your Federal MP, by lending your voices to the Christmas and new year campaign activities, by sending Valentine's Day postcards to Parliament House or by helping us spread the word. We really would not be able to do this without you. MAKE 2012 A YEAR TO REMEMBER This year, the number of Australians with dementia will rise to almost 280,000. If nothing changes, that number will be 1 million by 2050. Alzhe imer's Aus tralia has a Ne w Year's re solu tion: to wake up our leaders to this looming epidemi c. Th e 1.2 million carers want the same. We call on the F ederal Government to make a New Year's resolutio n of its own: to make 2012 a year to remember. Australia needs $ 500 million over five year s to address the dementia epidemic . How will you make 2012 a year to remember? "I'M ENCOURAGING ALL MY FRIENDS AND FAMILY TO BECOME DEM E NTIA CHA MPIONS" "I'D LOVE TO SEE A CURE" "TO CONTINUE TO HAVE PATIENCE AND TOLERANCE TO CONTINUE TO LOOK AFTER BRIAN" "A NATIONAL AGGRESSIVE PROGRAM PUT IN PLACE TO GET DEMENTIA UNDER SOME DEG REE OF CONTROL" "I'M PUTTING ONE FOOT IN FRONT OF THE OTHER" "I WANT TO STRESS THE IMPORTANCE OF A TIMELY DIAG NOSIS FOR ALZHEIMER'S AND OTHER FORMS OF DEMENTIA" MANDY LOVELL C ares for her husb and ROB MCGRATH Cares for his wife JUNE KELPER Caresforher husband GAYLE RUDKIN Cares for he r husband ELIZAB ETH MAITLAN D C ares for her husb and MIC HAEL DOYLE Cares for his wife Become a Dementia C hampion at w w w.c ampaign.fightdementia.org.au and help Fight Dem entia. GET INVOLVED We need your continuing support. Visit the Fight Dementia Campaign website to fnd out how you can lend your voice to this important campaign. W: www.campaign. fghtdementia.org.au
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