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Intouch : In Touch Summer 2013
4 IN TOUCH SUMMER 2013 NEWS We're here to provide the help you need, when you need it. Call the National Dementia Helpline on 1800 100 500. WE CAN HELP LOVE, LOSS AND LAUGHTER PHOTOGRAPHIC EXHIBITION Internationally acclaimed photographic exhibition Love, Loss and Laughter: Seeing Dementia Differently visited Sydney during November. Love, Loss and Laughter is a collection of photographs offering a unique, compassionate and positive portrayal of dementia; a condition that often evokes fear and despair. By illustrating the stories of those living with dementia, photographer and sociologist Cathy Greenblat offers a new vision of dementia and care. The exhibition, which includes images of people from around the world, along with people from Australia, including Sydney, the Hunter and the Central Coast, conveys that life goes on after a diagnosis of dementia and that people with dementia continue to have needs for social interaction and engagement in much the same way as any other member of the community. The Sydney exhibition at NSW Parliament House from 7--27 November was the fnal stop on the Australian tour, marked with an offcial opening on 13 November. As part of the exhibition, people living with dementia, their carers, family and friends were invited to submit their own photographs that capture the experience of living with the condition. A collection of these images was displayed as part of the exhibition and can be viewed at: exhibition. fghtdementia.org.au/locations.php Love, Loss and Laughter is one of the largest collections of photographs of people living with dementia from around the world. The photos were taken in eight countries, including Australia, and have had an extremely positive reception in the USA, England, Scotland, Canada and Spain. This has been the biggest national tour of the exhibition to date. Find out more about Love, Loss and Laughter at www.cathygreenblat.com Cathy's book, Love Loss and Laughter: Seeing Alzheimer's Differently, is also available online through Amazon. BY ILLUSTRATING THE STORIES OF THOSE LIVING WITH DEMENTIA, PHOTOGRAPHER AND SOCIOLOGIST CATHY GREENBLAT OFFERS A NEW VISION. PLANNING AHEAD FORUM As dementia progresses, it impacts a person's decision-making ability. However, in the earlier stages, the person is able to consider and document their wishes about health, lifestyle and fnancial matters, including who they would like to support them with important decisions when they begin to have diffculty. The Illawarra Planning Ahead Forum was held on 30 July at the Builders Club in Wollongong. More than 160 people attended the forum, organised by the AlzNSW Illawarra Project and Val Fell from the Illawarra Consumer Advisory Group. The forum had speakers on services that help a person with dementia remain at home, advance- care planning for health care decisions in the late stage of dementia, legal processes and documents that record a person's wishes and specify a substitute decision- maker, and making the move to residential care. Fifteen services from the Illawarra area provided displays of information about their organisations and answered questions during the morning. AlzNSW is now established in the Illawarra and Shoalhaven, working with local health, community and residential services to raise awareness about dementia and to support those living with dementia and their families. VALE DI GRIFFIN AlzNSW would like to pass on its sympathies to the family and friends of Di Griffn, who passed away in September. Di was heavily involved in setting up AlzNSW and leaves a great legacy. We thank and acknowledge Di's important contribution to people living with dementia, their families and carers.
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