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Intouch : In Touch Winter 2012
IN TOUCH WINTER 2012 5 Refurbishments and extensions to the Vincent Fairfax Family Resource Centre in North Ryde were offcially opened recently by NSW Minister for Ageing The Hon. Andrew Constance. The CEO of AlzNSW The Hon. John Watkins said the centre refurbishments are important for the delivery of vital support services for people living with dementia and their families. The refurbishments will help the organisation continue to deliver high-quality services to people in need. "We operate counselling services, the National Dementia Helpline, diversional therapy, a dementia- specifc library, support groups and early intervention groups from this centre, " Mr Watkins said. "All of these are extremely important in helping people with dementia, their families and carers. "On behalf of our clients and members, I would like to thank the State Government for supporting these refurbishments. " The number of people with dementia in NSW is set to soar from an estimated 95,000 people to approximately 300,000 in the next 40 years. Left to right: AlzNSW Chairman The Hon. Prof. Peter Baume AC, AlzNSW Advisory Council Chairman Barbara Cail AM, NSW Minister for Ageing and Disability Services The Hon. Andrew Constance MP and AlzNSW CEO The Hon. John Watkins at the official opening of the extensions and refurbishments of the Vincent Fairfax Family Resource Centre in North Ryde. Filming of a new DVD to raise dementia awareness started recently in Coffs Harbour. It will include three short scenarios outlining risk reduction and what to do if people are worried about their own or someone else's memory. Special target groups are younger people and the local Aboriginal community. The DVD will be in a loop mode so that it can be played in GP surgeries, Centrelink offces and pharmacies. Local people are volunteering their time to act in the DVD and the flming is being carried out by Steve MacDonald of Life and Times. The DVD will be available on the Alzheimer's Australia website. W: www.alzheimers.org.au NEW RESOURCE FILMING IN COFFS HARBOUR CAFE CLUB'S ARTY OUTING The Forster Memory Lane Cafe Club had a great morning out visiting the Manning Valley Art Gallery in Taree. The gallery was opened especially for the group and the curator personally led a tour, giving us a history lesson on the artist and the subject of each painting. It was a very intimate interaction, with all questions answered and many comments made. The group was also given a history of the Archibald Prize, how the paintings are selected, the packers prize and the lowdown on the controversy surrounding entries each year. Lots of creative inspiration was gained and many judgements were made. WOLLONGONG VISIT Members of the Wollongong Dementia Support Group visited the Vincent Fairfax Family Resource Centre in March. They were given an overview of services available, then carers had the opportunity to ask questions. Each carer took a resource folder home. They had a tour of the centre, including the library, where they were told how to access the extensive resources. If you are a carer based in the Illawarra, contact Carunya to fnd out about Dementia Carers Groups and the Dementia Advisory Service. T: (02) 4297 1011 KEEP UP! Stay in touch with all the latest news from AlzNSW and photos from our events. Facebook: facebook.com/alznsw Twitter: twitter.com/alznsw Flickr: fickr.com/photos/alznsw NORTH RYDE CENTRE RE-OPENING Coffs Harbour locals are volunteering their time to act in the DVD.
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