Dementia Awareness Week
Dr Serge Gauthier, MD, FRCPC will be the International Guest Speaker at the Free Public Lecture on 20 September.
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Australians are being encouraged to make sure they look after their brain health by leading a ‘brain healthy’ lifestyle. This will be the theme of Dementia Awareness Week running from 21 – 28 September 2012.
Maree McCabe, CEO of Alzheimer’s Australia Vic, said research suggests that eating well and being physically active, maintaining an active social life and keeping mentally stimulated are some of the best things you can do to try to reduce your risk of developing dementia.
“Looking after your heart, maintaining a healthy blood pressure and getting regular health checks are all great ways to support your brain heart health,” Ms McCabe said.
“Already there are an estimated 72,000 people living with dementia in Victoria. As our population ages that number is set to skyrocket almost 50 per cent by 2020. The time to take action is now.”
While there is, as yet, no cure, scientific research shows it may be possible to reduce your risk of developing dementia, or delay the onset by taking action in your 30s, 40s and 50s.
To coincide with Dementia Awareness Week, Alzheimer’s Australia Vic is presenting events and activities around the state.
The headline event is the Brain Health: Making the Connections Free Public Lecture by Professor Serge Gauthier of McGill University on Thursday 20 September from 10.30am to 12pm at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. (Registrations commence at 10am).
Please note venue change: Due to overwhelming demand, the lecture venue has changed from the NGV to the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre Auditorium.
This event will include an exclusive appearance by Mark Seymour (former Hunters and Collectors frontman).
To register for this free event go to https://register.eventarc.com/10280, call 1800 100 500 or email email@example.com.
For details of all Dementia Awareness Week activities visit www.fightdementia.org.au/vic
Dementia Awareness Week 2012 runs from Friday 21 September to Friday 28 September. World Alzheimer’s Day is on Friday 21 September. Dementia Awareness Week 2012 is supported by the Australian Government and Ageing, Disability and Home Care and the Victorian Government.