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Intouch : In Touch Summer 2013
14 IN TOUCH SUMMER 2013 to giant chess and brain games in Sydney's CBD, an awareness-raising motorcycle ride through central-western NSW, memory walks, information stalls and displays at libraries and chemists, art exhibitions and gallery events, there were plenty of opportunities to get involved this year. Major events included public lectures, symposiums and education in Sydney, Blacktown, Bathurst and Penrith. SPREADING THE WORD A targeted media campaign including letters to the editor from AlzNSW CEO The Hon. John Watkins encouraging people to lead brain-healthy lifestyles were published in newspapers across NSW. Street banners were hung at more than 200 sites across Sydney and community service announcements were played in cinemas, on television and on the radio to ensure the messages around brain health, risk reduction and support were spread far and wide. GP AND PHARMACY AWARENESS CAMPAIGN A major focus of our activities is directed towards improving the awareness and understanding of dementia amongst GPs and pharmacists. Our 'Detect Early' campaign has been very successful in helping to convey the importance and evidence supporting an early diagnosis. So far we've reached nearly 20 per cent of GPs in NSW. WORRIED ABOUT YOUR MEMORY? The 'Worried About Your Memory?' brochure is the key resource distributed to around 800 GP clinics across NSW, with more than 4000 brochures taken by the public each month in NSW. The brochure has now been translated into 16 different community languages. MORNING TEAS About 50 groups participated in Dementia Awareness Week morning teas and outings with grants provided to dementia Carer Support Groups across NSW, including in Georges Hall, Wagga and Bankstown. YOUR BRAIN MATTERS: ALZHEIMER'S AUSTRALIA'S BRAIN-HEALTHY LIFESTYLE PROGRAM There were a number of Your Brain Matters presentations to help people from diverse ethnic communities in Arncliffe and Beverly Park understand how to look after the brain, body and heart to reduce the risk of dementia. Your Brain Matters presentations were also made in Cooma, Coffs Harbour and a cross-border presentation at Tweed and the Gold Coast. Other highlights included 70 staff members from the University of Technology, Sydney who attended a Your Brain Matters briefng, as well as the Tweed Shire Council Mayor Barry Longland, who signed up for the 21-Day Challenge. MEMORY WALKS Record-breaking attendances and donations were achieved for Memory Walks in Newcastle (1907 attendees) and Wollongong (1068 attendees). Other community awareness-raising Memory Walks were held in Dubbo, Mudgee, Port Macquarie and Tweed. These saw communities come together to support those living with dementia, their carers, family and friends. A--Z EVENTS AUBURN Library information stall ARMIDALE Interactive games day BALLINA North Coast Aged Care Symposium BANKSTOWN 'Living with dementia' information session, in Macedonian BEGA Information stalls CASINO Brain food presentations COFFS HARBOUR Brain health seminar & afternoon tea DUBBO Dementia awareness morning tea EUROBODALLA Bus trip & carer's picnic to Foxglove Spires, Tilba Tilba GRIFFITH Brain Healthy Living event with guest speaker Dr Sid Williams (psychogeriatrician) HUNTER 'Dancing in the Streets' to mark the beginning of DAW 2013 Dementia Friendly Newcastle Museum and Art Gallery tours HURSTVILLE Art exhibition & therapy classes ILLAWARRA Improving access to services for people from culturally or linguistically diverse backgrounds KOGARAH Ageing-well morning tea, including senior's expo & information stall MID NORTH COAST Aboriginal Elders Dementia Awareness Gatherings, involving the Awabakal, Worimi, Biripi and Darkinjung Elder groups SNOWY MOUNTAINS Information on memory, healthy ageing and dementia in Bredbo, Jindabyne and Adaminaby. Morning Tea in Bombala SYDNEY CBD Martin Place information booth, brain games & giant chessboard Street banners hung CBD-wide TWEED AlzNSW CEO The Hon. John Watkins guest speaker at the Tweed Seniors Expo Interactive art tour 'Memory Scape' launched at Tweed River Art Gallery WOOLLAHRA Morning tea & photo exhibition YASS Information stalls about memory loss and the services available to people worried about their memory STREET BANNERS WERE HUNG AT MORE THAN 200 SITES ACROSS SYDNEY, AND COMMUNITY SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS WERE PLAYED IN CINEMAS, ON TV AND ON THE RADIO. COVER STORY
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