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Forget Memory Loss - what about the person?
Age does not define dementia. This brain disease that affects thinking, behaviour and the ability to perform everyday tasks is not a normal part of ageing. The most known type of dementia is Alzheimer's disease, and though most common at age 65 plus, it can happen to anyone from their 30s onwards. Though the 2nd leading cause of death in Australia, many of us know very little about dementia.
More than 413,000 Australians are living with dementia and younger onset dementia impacts 25,000 Australians under the age of sixty five. There are 1.2 million Aussies involved in demential care. To live well for as long as possible, it's critical to be empowered with information and and how to access services. The month of September does exactly that, with many events and activities running across Victoria, and you are invited to get involved.
The dementia guide is like a friend, to support a person living with dementia and carers. You can download your free copy to print and read later or you can read it all online and focus on the parts that seem most relevant to your situation. The website is also filled with information, and you can always follow updates on their Facebook page.
The many events for September can be found on the Facebook Event page which includes a fun component in the form of Thinko! Trivia Night on the 21st of Sep. List of events as follows. Please go to the Facebook Event page and click on the relevant event for more detailed information.Some events have a cost attached and some, though free, require registration online with Eventbrite or calling on given phone number.
4-8 Sep, 9am-5pm daily. Through Their Own Eyes, Morwell. An exhibition of photos taken by 14 different people living with early stage dementia.
5 Sep, 10am-1pm. DHHS: Continuing Professional Development in Warrnambool. A session on applying a problem-solving approach to behaviours. Free but must register.
6 Sep, 1.30pm-5pm. Dementia, You Are Not Alone - Horsham. A public lecture by Assoc Prof Mark Yates, Ballarat Health Services. Free but must register.
6 Sep, 1.30pm-3.30pm. Driving and Dementia - Newtown. Register by phoning or emailing.
7 Sep, 10am-12pm in Nunawading. Worried about your memory? Free but must register.
8 Sep, 11am-1pm in Bendigo. Letters of Love and Dementia. Booking is especially essential for this free event.
11-15 Sep, 9am-5pm daily in Wonthaggi. Through Their Own Eyes. An exhibition of photos taken by 14 different people living with early stage dementia.
13 Sep, 10am-1pm in Mulwala. Making Memories - A Variety Concert. This one requires you to register online.
21 Sep, 9.30am-12.30pm at Rosebud West. Dementia in my community. Phone for bookings.
21 Sep, 9.30am-11.30am in Dandenong. South East culturally & linguistically diverse network meeting. Guest speaker Amelia Suckling. This is a closed event for Melbourne CALD community. Phone to express interest.
21 Sep, 1pm-3.30pm in Geelong West. Dementia and your community presented by Dr Alastair Mander. Phone or email to register.