Dementia Awareness Week 2013

16 Sep 2013 to 22 Sep 2013


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Dementia Awareness Week is the national flagship week for Alzheimer’s Australia’s community awareness activities each year.

This year Dementia Awareness Week (DAW) will take place from 16 to 22 September, with World Alzheimer’s Day occurring on 21 September.

The theme this year is Brain Health: Making the Connections. This theme gives organisations and individuals an opportunity to get involved in promoting brain-healthy lifestyles, promoting early detection and raising awareness of dementia.

This year, Alzheimer’s Australia welcomes international guest speaker, Dr Kristine Yaffe, MD, who will give a series of public lectures on prevention strategies in selected capital cities across Australia. Among other notable roles, Dr Yaffe is the Chief of Geriatric Psychiatry and Director of the Memory Disorders Clinic at the San Francisco Veterans Administration Medical Center. Dr Yaffe’s research has focussed on the predictors and outcomes of cognitive decline and dementia in older adults. Her particular interest is in identifying innovative strategies to prevent cognitive decline.

Also as part of DAW, Alzheimer’s Australia has invited Associate Professor Sue Kurrle to give public lectures on risk factors and prevention in Perth, Darwin and Alice Springs. Professor Kurrle holds the Curran Chair in Health Care of Older People in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Sydney and Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Hospital in northern Sydney. Working in both hospital and community settings, Professor Kurrle has had a long interest and involvement in diagnosis and management of dementia and runs a memory and dementia clinic at Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Hospital.

Lecture dates and more information

 City  Lecturer  Dates
 Sydney  Dr Kristine Yaffe  16 September
 Darwin  Professor Sue Kurrle  16 September
 Alice Springs  Professor Sue Kurrle  17 September
 Canberra  Dr Kristine Yaffe  17 September
 Melbourne  Dr Kristine Yaffe  18 September
 Adelaide  Dr Kristine Yaffe  19 September
 Perth  Professor Sue Kurrle  19 September
 Brisbane  Dr Kristine Yaffe  20 and 21 September


There will also be other events and activities around the country to broaden understanding of dementia during DAW. Local activities and events will be announced closer to September. Contact your local Alzheimer’s Australia office for more information on how you can get involved.

* If registering as an Alzheimer's Australia member you will be required to supply a valid membership number upon arrival at the event.