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Intouch : In Touch Winter 2013
IN TOUCH WINTER 2013 5 UNLOCKING CREATIVE MINDS A group of 27 people living with dementia and their carers in Merimbula recently took part in creative arts workshops. The group explored the benefts of engaging in creative activities and developed strategies to incorporate them into their lives. AlzNSW would like to thank volunteer artist Di Tarrant, the participants and Clubs Grants NSW, which supported the workshops. All football codes must strictly enforce concussion guidelines to minimise the risk of brain injury and cognitive impairment, according to a new discussion paper. The paper also calls on codes to review their rules to minimise the risk of concussion and contribute to further research about dementia in retired football players. These are among a raft of recommendations in Football, Head Injuries and the Risk of Dementia, prepared by AlzNSW. AlzNSW CEO The Hon. John Watkins said a growing body of research and anecdotal evidence linking concussions and other head injuries sustained in football to the development of later-life cognitive impairment was a cause for concern. "The codes have a responsibility to their players to undertake much more research in this area, particularly with retired football players, to see if there is evidence of post-career cognitive impairment, and even the development of dementia, as a result of multiple concussions sustained during their careers, " John said. Read the full discussion paper on the AlzNSW website. W: www.fghtdementia.org.au/ new-south-wales/research- nsw.aspx FOOTBALL'S BRAIN INJURY PROBLEM The latest AlzNSW discussion paper calls for football codes to do more to reduce players' risks of brain injury. BRING IT TO THE TABLE The fght against dementia is being brought to the nation's tables in June with a get- together with a difference. Supporters and carers are invited to host events such as high teas, games nights and dinner parties to raise funds for AlzNSW. Getting involved is simple: register your event, set your target and download the host pack with hints and tips, ideas for events, invitations, promotional posters, factsheets and more. W: www.bringittothe table.com.au In June, AlzNSW will welcome Professor Julian Hughes, one of four international guest speakers to present for AlzNSW this year. Prof. Hughes is an old-age psychiatry consultant and Honorary Professor of the Philosophy of Ageing at Newcastle University, UK. He will hold two seminars titled 'Models of dementia care: Can we do it better?' Prof. Hughes will discuss dementia care at the end of life, palliative care in people with dementia, pain and stress management, and ethical issues. SYDNEY When: 25 June, 10am-12pm Where: Theatrette, NSW Parliament House, Macquarie St, Sydney RSVP: by 21 June to (02) 9805 0100 or NSW.Reception@alzheimers.org.au NEWCASTLE When: 26 June 10am-12pm Where: Noah's on the Beach, Shortland Esplanade, Newcastle RSVP: by 21 June to (02) 4962 7000 or NSW.Hunter@alzheimers.org.au DEMENTIA CARE: A UK PERSPECTIVE
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