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Intouch : In Touch Winter 2012
IN TOUCH WINTER 2012 7 ECONOMIC AND FISCAL DISASTER For the frst time, the World Health Organisation (WHO) and Alzheimer's Disease International (ADI) have urged governments worldwide to make dementia a national public and social care priority. The report ‘Dementia: A public health priority’ fnds that the predicted increase of dementia from 35 million cases in 2010 to more than 115 million by 2050 will have huge economic and social costs on health systems around the world. In Australia, the number of people with dementia is set to soar from an estimated 280,000 people to almost 1 million by 2050. "Around the world a new case of dementia arises every four seconds. That's a staggering growth rate, equivalent to 7.7 million new cases of dementia every year -- the same size as the populations of Switzerland and Israel, " said Marc Wortmann, the Executive Director of ADI. "Our current health systems simply cannot cope with the explosion of the dementia crisis as we all live longer. " The report identifes priority areas of action that need to be addressed within policy and planning, including raising awareness, timely diagnosis, commitment to good quality continuing care and services, caregiver support, workforce training, prevention and research. 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 MEMORY VANS The AlzNSW Memory Vans have been on the road visiting Moss Vale, Great Lakes, Newington, Ingleburn, Campbelltown, Dubbo, Penrith, St Marys and Marrickville. In each location, they reminded the public of the importance of ‘minding your mind' and seeking medical help for memory loss -- both keys to early diagnosis and better support. As part of a national tour for Alzheimer's Australia, Britain's top dementia expert Professor Sube Banerjee conducted a public seminar at NSW Parliament House in May. Prof. Banerjee spoke of the importance of appropriate medication and management of behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD). "The inappropriate use of antipsychotics to manage BPSD is widespread and should be a major concern for health services and policy makers, " Prof. Banerjee said. "In 2011, the National Prescribing Service in Australia issued an offcial warning about the serious and potentially life threatening side effects of the medications. "Yet they continue to be used as the frst response to behavioural symptoms in many cases. " Professor Sube Banerjee, Britain's top dementia expert, spoke of the dangers of over- prescribing antipsychotics. SEMINAR: OVER-MEDICATION OBITUARY SUSAN SACKVILLE AlzNSW CFO Sue Sackville passed away in April. Sue joined us in December 2005 and quickly became a key member of the team. CEO The Hon. John Watkins says Sue was a great woman who valued relationships with staff and loved working at AlzNSW. "She was a highly respected member of the Senior Management Team and a highly capable CFO, " John said. "But there was so much more to her duties. " Sue project-managed a number of signifcant and diffcult proposals, including the purchase and development of the Hunter Dementia Memory and Community Centre, and the refurbishment and relocation into the Gibson-Denney Building. "Her responsibilities were carried out with consummate skill, sensitivity to the needs of staff and deep commitment to people living with dementia, " John said. "Sue also had a strong relationship with our Board. She was a wonderful colleague, and we knew that her husband, Ken, and their children, William, Sarah and Leah, were never far from her attention. "Alzheimer's Australia is a stronger, better and more caring organisation because of Sue. Her skills and hard work have brought beneft to thousands of people living with dementia and to their families and carers. "
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