“You are not alone.” That is the message this year’s Dementia Awareness Month (DAM) hopes to spread through events aimed at dispelling myths and raising awareness about dementia. All activities will run from 1-30 September.
DAM will focus on the crucial role of education about dementia and risk reduction factors, and – most importantly – where to get help. A major media campaign is planned during September, including mainstream TV, radio, press, and social media.
The centrepiece of the month’s activities is the Alzheimer’s Australia NSW DAM 2016 signature lecture. Held in Sydney, the event will feature international dementia expert Dr Ron Peterson from the Mayo Clinic in the US. Dr Petersen is a dementia research and education heavyweight, and he has been at the forefront of policy formulation and the development of a national strategy for dementia in the US.
Dr Peterson will discuss the latest insights and research findings about mild cognitive impairment and dementia, along with international case studies showcasing what it takes to establish a national dementia strategy.
Here are some other can’t-miss events:
• A regional NSW DAM lecture tour: Hear and learn from leading Australian dementia expert Professor Jacqui Close, who will conduct seminars at a number of NSW regional centres.
• The Thinko! Black Tie Extravaganza: A star-studded evening of brain-testing trivia, drinks and fun to raise money for Alzheimer’s Australia NSW, featuring the likes of Richard Glover, Natarsha Belling and Hugh Riminton.
• Still Dementia in a Changing World: A free public forum about consumer directed care, and assistive technology and dementia, which will be held in Illawarra.
• Stories of Me: A Baptist Care professional development forum exploring how technology and creative ageing programs are being embraced to support aged-care residents who are living with a dementia diagnosis.
• Healthy Ageing and Dementia forums: Free public brain health information sessions held across the state.
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