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Intouch : In Touch Winter 2014
4 IN TOUCH WINTER 2014 NEWS SOUTH SYDNEY ST GEORGE 3rd Tues. of the month. 10 --11.30am Café Brasserie, Beverly Park Golf Club SUTHERLAND 4th Tues. of the month 9.30--11am The Tea House, cnr President Ave & Kareena Rd, Caringbah Contact Julie Sinnis T: (02) 9531 1928 E: NSW.stgeorgesutherland @alzheimers.org.au ST GEORGE & SUTHERLAND YOUNGER ONSET DEMENTIA FAMILY SUPPORT MORNING 2nd Sat. of the month, 10 --11.30am Hazelhurst Gallery Café Contact Pam Mcdonagh T:(02) 9531 1928 E: NSW.stgeorgesutherland @alzheimers.org.au HUNTER MAITLAND 3rd Thurs. of the month, 10am --12pm Central Park Café & Function Centre, cnr High Street & New England Hwy NELSON BAY 2nd Thurs. of the month, 9.30--11am Little Nel Café at The Nelson Resort TORONTO 4th Thurs. of the month, 10am --12pm Toronto Workers Club RAYMOND TERRACE 4th Thurs. of the month Cravings Café, 2/26 Sturgeon St WARNERS BAY 1st Wed. of the month, 10 --11.30am Warners at the Bay, Hillsborough Rd Contact Hunter Dementia and Memory Resource Centre T: (02) 4962 7000 NORTH COAST COFFS HARBOUR 3rd Wed. of the month, 10 --11.30am Shearwater Café, The Promenade, 321 Harbour Drive Contact Marg Coutts T: (02) 6651 7101 SOUTHERN TABLELANDS YASS 3rd Mon. of the month, 10am--12pm Kaffene Café, Comur St Contact Libby Smith T: (02) 6241 0881 CROOKWELL 3rd Wed. of the month, 10.30am--12pm Chat-A-Way Café, 87 Goulburn St Contact Nina or Jane T: (02) 4869 5651 WINGECARRIBEE WERAI 1st Thurs. of the month, 10.30am --12pm Werai Teahouse and Nursery BOWRAL 3rd Thurs. of the month, 10.30am --12pm Peppers Craigieburn Contact Nina or Jane T: (02) 4869 5651 CAFÉ CONNECT Café Connect enables people living with dementia, their carers, family and friends to get together for a coffee and chat. DEMENTIA IN PRISON Dementia in Australia's prisons is a growing problem, with the ageing population in the country's correctional facilities increasing at a higher rate than the general population, according to a new discussion paper released by AlzNSW. The paper, Dementia in Prison, notes that corrective service authorities across Australia need to respond to this urgent issue. "Just as people in prison are treated for health conditions such as cancer and diabetes, so too are they entitled to appropriate care if they have a diagnosis of dementia," said. AlzNSW CEO, The Hon. John Watkins. To read the full paper online, visit: fghtdementia.org.au/ new-south-wales/research-nsw.aspx GAME ON! Twelve lucky people attended a Sydney Football Club (FC) versus Adelaide United soccer game at Allianz Stadium in Sydney on 8 February. The group included people with dementia and their partners, family and friends, as well as Anne Tunks from the Inner West Dementia Advisory Service and Grace Burgess. Grace is a Registered Nurse who works with people with dementia and their support networks. She recognised that there were people who have always loved sport, but may now fnd it challenging to make their own arrangements to attend games. Through liaison with Sydney FC staff, the group was able to use a private box provided through the generosity of the club. Attendees were contacted about the game through AlzNSW Younger Onset Dementia Key Workers, the Dementia Advisory Services throughout Sydney, the Ella Centre and Hammondcare. All thanks go to Sydney FC for their understanding and support of the frst game in this exciting project. Visiting speaker Rachael Litherland was a hit with her expertise on dementia-friendly communities when she held workshops in Sydney and Port Macquarie in April 2014. Rachael was visiting Australia from the UK as part of a national lecture tour for Alzheimer's Australia. She conducted a series of workshops with practical strategies and approaches for creating dementia-friendly communities and organisations. She said 'dementia-friendly' was a relatively new concept for Australia, but one that has been used to educate and create more inclusive communities for people living with dementia in the UK for some time. "For too long people all over the world have treated dementia as taboo, but it's now time to bring the condition out of the shadows and engage with people living with dementia," Rachael said. Rachael said that people living with dementia and their carers had to be at the heart of any community strategy and that a dementia-friendly community was one that helped a person living with dementia retain their social networks, feel safe and access local services. "Improving the physical environment of public spaces and services such as banks, shopping malls and public transport by using signage that is simple, clear and uncluttered is one way to improve accessibility for people with dementia." The Port Macquarie workshop was held as part of a project led by Member for Port Macquarie Leslie Williams, in conjunction with AlzNSW, to turn Port Macquarie into a dementia-friendly community. It was the last stop on Rachael's national tour, which included Brisbane, Darwin, Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Canberra, Hobart and Sydney. L to R: AlzNSW Regional Manager Gary Thomas, Peter and Margaret Pulsford, member for Port Macquarie Leslie Williams MP and visiting speaker Rachael Litherland in Port Macquarie. RACHEL LITHERLAND SPEAKING TOUR ON DEMENTIA-FRIENDLY COMMUNITIES
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