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Intouch : In Touch Autumn 2012
IN TOUCH AUTUMN 2012 11 FUNDRAISING LIFE SUPPORT THERE ARE MANY WAYS TO SUPPORT ALZNSW'S LIFE-CHANGING WORK, FROM RAFFLES AND BARBECUES TO DONATIONS AND STORYTELLING. Q I HAVE ALWAYS GOT ALONG SO WELL WITH MY DAD, WHO HAS DEMENTIA, BUT RECENTLY HE HAS STARTED TO ARGUE WITH ME ALL THE TIME. WHAT CAN I DO? A Changes in behaviour are common for people with dementia. Sometimes they can include becoming argumentative even if they have not been so in the past. Ruling out new medical issues is an important frst step, so check if your dad has seen his doctor recently. Some things you can try to reduce confict with your dad are speaking in a calm and reassuring voice, avoiding confrontation by distracting your dad, suggesting an activity such as having a cup of tea, looking at a magazine or a short walk together. A calm environment can also help, so check noise levels. Also check that light levels are suitable, as too little light can cause confusion but too much might cause glare. Q MY HUSBAND WAS DIAGNOSED WITH DEMENTIA LAST YEAR, AND HAS BEGUN TO WANDER. WHY IS HE WANDERING AND CAN I DO ANYTHING TO STOP HIM? A Start by working out whether it is aimless wandering, agitated pacing or wandering away, and schedule a physical check-up to identify whether illness, pain or discomfort has triggered it. If there is no medical reason there are several things you can try. Try to ensure that your husband carries some form of identifcation in case he does get lost and install a lock on your gate to make the garden a safe spot for walking around. You can also install bells and buzzers that sound when external doors are opened. Reduce the number of objects in sight that might remind your husband of going out, such as mail for posting and outdoor clothing, and plan regular exercise and visits to favourite places. For more ideas or to ask about our identity bracelets (Safely Home) or our GPS locating device (Safe2Walk) visit the AlzNSW website or call the National Dementia Helpline. Q&A NEED ANSWERS? W: www.alznsw.asn.au E: firstname.lastname@example.org T: 1800 100 500 RAFFLE WINNERS The 2011 Rotary Christmas Treasure Trove Raffe was drawn on 16 January at the Merrylands Bowling Club. 1 Toyota Yaris Car or $16,000 Cash Ticket: RDR 01 798 Winner: J Cranney, Banora Point 2 $1,000 worth of jewellery Ticket: RCR 18 130 Winner: T Davies, Glenmore Park 3 Netbook Computer Ticket: RFR 06 561 Winner: S Stavrou IN LIEU OF GIFTS Planning a birthday, wedding or anniversary? Instead of gifts, encourage your guests to donate to AlzNSW. Donations in lieu of gifts are a memorable way to celebrate a special occasion and will make a practical difference to people and families living with dementia. We will recognise your generous gift with a receipt, as well as appropriate acknowledgement and thanks. E: email@example.com T: (02) 8875 4626 IN MEMORIAM DONATION A donation in memory of a loved one ensures their memory lives on by helping others. You can also celebrate the life of a loved one by requesting donations to AlzNSW in lieu of fowers. In memoriam envelopes can be made available at the funeral, church, wake or service where friends and family can make a donation to AlzNSW. A receipt will be sent to the donor and, with their permission, a letter will be sent to the family to advise them of the kind gift. The amount of the gift will remain confdential and gifts $2 and over are tax deductible. E: firstname.lastname@example.org T: (02) 8875 4673 COMMUNITY FUNDRAISING Planning on running a community fundraising event? If you would like to raise money for AlzNSW by putting on your own community event, like a movie night, barbecue, trivia night or garage sale, please contact the Community Events Team. E: email@example.com T: (02) 8875 4626 SEND US YOUR STORY Some members help our fundraising and awareness-raising efforts by sharing their stories of dementia, whether funny, tragic, empowering, uplifting, inspirational or sad. If you would like to help our fundraising and awareness-raising efforts by telling your story, please contact Karen. T: (02) 9805 0100 THANK YOU The QBE Foundation donated $10,000 to the AlzNSW Hunter Memory Van. Thank you very much to the foundation for the generous donation and to Joanne Mawer who applied for the funding on behalf of AlzNSW.
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