People who are worried about their memory should seek help.
At the start of Dementia Awareness Week, which runs from 16 – 26 September, the acting CEO of Alzheimer’s Australia Vic, Jack Sach, has urged people who are worried about their memory, or that of a loved one, to seek medical help or call the National Dementia Helpline on 1800 100 500.
“It’s important that people who do have genuine concerns about their memory get help sooner rather than later,” Mr Sach said.
“The symptoms may not be caused by dementia, but, if they are, timely diagnosis – that is getting a diagnosis as early as possible - is important in helping to get the right information, treatment and support.
“It also gives people with a diagnosis of dementia an opportunity to plan ahead and make decisions about their future care and finances.
“Life does not stop with a diagnosis of dementia. People with a diagnosis of dementia can continue to lead a fulfilling and rewarding life and there is help and support available.”
An estimated 257,000 Australians have dementia today. That is expected to soar to almost 1 million by 2050.
If you are worried about your memory, Alzheimer’s Australia Vic can help. Call the National Dementia Helpline on 1800 100 500.
Dementia Awareness Week runs from 16 – 26 September.
- A free public lecture at BMW Edge, Federation Square, 11.00am by Professor Henry Brodaty discussing the benefits of early diagnosis. After his lecture there will be an exclusive performance of Sundowner by KAGE Physical Theatre starring Helen Morse (A town like Alice, Picnic at Hanging Rock). Over 280 people have registered to attend. There are seats still available, call 9815 7800 to register.
- A Flamenco Fever performance at 98-104 Riversdale Road Hawthorn as Melbourne’s Spanish community learns about dementia and the services available to help them as well as launch their website – Online Guide to Spanish Aged Care. Thursday 16 September 4-6.00pm.
Many, many more activities are scheduled. Please see the Calendar of Events attached or for more information on Dementia Awareness Week activities being held in Victoria, visit www.alzheimers.org.au.
Dementia Awareness Week is supported by the Federal Department of Health and Ageing and the Victorian Department of Health.
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