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Intouch : In Touch Autumn 2012
IN TOUCH AUTUMN 2012 13 1 Support at time of diagnosis helps you and your family to make sense of the diagnosis and the next steps. 2 Practical advice helps you minimise the impact of dementia. 3 Living with Memory Loss programs for people in early-stage dementia increase knowledge and confdence for managing memory loss. 4 Individual and family consultations help you plan for the future. 5 Education programs help you understand and live well with dementia. 6 Up-to-date information and resources about dementia and access to the members’ lending library keeps you and your family informed. 7 Connections with other people living with dementia enable you to share information and experiences. 8 Social and creative activities provide opportunities for meaningful participation. 9 Recommendations and advice about dementia support services in your area ensure suitable care. 10 Our provision of information to GPs and other health care providers helps them improve their care and support for you. NEED ANSWERS? Do you have a question for AlzNSW? Contact the National Dementia Helpline. E: helpline@ alznsw.asn.au T: 1800 100 500 W Recent AlzNSW campaigns, such as the Christmas, New Year and Valentine’s Day activities, have rallied the public and lobbied the government to improve dementia funding and care. 10 WAYS ALZNSW CAN HELP ALZNSW IS HERE TO SUPPORT PEOPLE WITH DEMENTIA, THEIR FAMILIES AND CARERS. LET US COUNT THE WAYS! YOUNG PEOPLE'S SUPPORT GROUP BY CHARLOTTE MITCHELL The Young People’s Support Group provides young people over the age of 18 who have a parent with Younger Onset Dementia (YOD) with an opportunity to connect with, support and share experiences with other young people in similar circumstances. Bimonthly meetings are a chance to discuss coping with a parent living with YOD and access information about community resources and support options. “Many young people fnd it challenging, exhausting and isolating trying to balance caring for their parent along with fulflling their own work, home life or study commitments, ” says Coordinator Lyndell Huskins. For several years Sian Woodmore struggled in the wake of her father Richard’s YOD diagnosis. “I felt very alone and that there was no one who could really relate to what I was experiencing, ” said Sian. For nearly three years, Sian has benefted from the support that the meetings provide. In the group no one is isolated, Sian explains. Everyone can share their experiences, voice any problems or concerns they may be encountering, and, in turn, receive support and guidance from others who truly understand what they are going through. “I used to worry a lot that I wouldn’t be able to cope with the challenges ahead, but since becoming part of the support group, I’ve found it really reassuring that if someone else can get through it, so can I, ” says Sian. There are several dementia- specifc support groups for people of all ages throughout NSW. For more information, contact the National Dementia Helpline. T: 1800 100 500 AlzNSW’s regular education program and special events, such as Professor Sube Banerjee’s seminar in May, increase knowledge about dementia risk reduction and treatments. W Sian Woodmore struggled in the wake of her father's diagnosis.
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