" DAM runs from 1-30 September and will include a wide range of events that embrace the theme ‘You are not alone’.  "
Dementia Awareness Month

September is Dementia Awareness Month (DAM) and is a great opportunity to put the spotlight on dementia – raising awareness, dispelling myths, and most importantly, communicating where to get help. DAM runs from 1-30 September and will include a wide range of events that embrace the theme ‘You are not alone’.

The centrepiece of DAM will be the Alzheimer’s Australia NSW Dementia Lecture to be held at the Art Gallery of NSW in Sydney at 10am on Wednesday, 13 September 2017. This year, international dementia expert Steven Sabat, Professor Emeritus of Psychology at Georgetown University, USA, will be our guest speaker.

Professor Steven Sabat

 

For the past 35 years, Professor Sebat has studied the cognitive and social abilities of people with Alzheimer’s disease in the moderate to severe stages, the persistence of selfhood, the subjective experience of having the disease, and how communication between people diagnosed with dementia and their caregivers may be enhanced. He has explored these issues in numerous scientific journal articles, book chapters and presentations at national and international conferences.

At the lecture, you will hear how people living with dementia are actively breaking down stereotypes while being supported and empowered to take control of their lives. Professor Sabat says it is time to focus on the person and not their memory loss.

If you would like to attend this free lecture, please register here 

Other events and activities scheduled include:

  • Taree, 4 September: launch of the dementia-friendly community project. Contact Alzheimer’s Australia (02) 6584 7444.
  • Coffs Harbour, 12 September: a free public seminar with respected geriatrician Dr Vaibhav Tyagi. Contact Marg Coutts (02) 66751 7101.
  • Port Macquarie, 13 September: a free public seminar and information session including a presentation about the Montessori approach in caring and supporting a person living with dementia. Contact Alzheimer’s Australia (02) 6584 7444.
  • South West Rocks, 20 September: a free public seminar and information session including a presentation about the Montessori approach in caring and supporting a person living with dementia. Contact Alzheimer’s Australia (02) 6584 7444.
  • Healthy Ageing and Dementia forums: free public brain health information sessions held across the state by Alzheimer’s Australia NSW and community partners.

To see the full calendar of events in NSW for Dementia Awareness Month, click here

For further information on Dementia Awareness Month click here

 

 Posted: August 2nd, 2017
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