Professor of Ageing and Mental Health and Director of the Primary Dementia Collaborative Research Centre at the University of New South Wales, Professor Henry Brodaty, will explore the benefits of early diagnosis of dementia and risk reduction strategies at the lecture at BMW Edge, Federation Square on Friday 17 September from 11.00am.
“In recent years there have been some great advances in biomarkers and brain imaging which present an opportunity for earlier diagnosis of dementia possibly even before symptoms occur,” Professor Brodaty said.
“Many people suggest that there is no point in seeking an early diagnosis, because there is no cure for dementia. But the benefits outweigh the risks.
“There is a lot that people with dementia can do to improve and maintain their quality of life and most tell us that receiving an accurate diagnosis allows them to understand their condition and plan their lives accordingly.”
Professor Brodaty’s lecture will be followed by an exclusive excerpt from KAGE Physical Theatre’s new production Sundowner, which has been developed in partnership with Alzheimer’s Australia Vic.
The performance will feature Helen Morse, Stuart Christie, Michelle Heaven, Gerard Van Dyck and five original Tivoli Lovelies.
Alzheimer’s Australia Vic Acting Chief Executive Officer, Jack Sach said “Dementia Awareness Week provides an opportunity for all Victorians to find out more about Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.
“A variety of activities are planned across the State , including free community lectures and information sessions about dementia, in regional and metropolitan Victoria, as well as a series of events with our multicultural communities,” Mr Sach said.
“During this campaign we hope all Victorians can learn more about these conditions, which are now the single leading cause of disability for Australians over 65 and the third leading cause of death in Australia.
“While there is currently no cure for dementia, scientific research shows that it may be possible to reduce your risk of developing dementia or delay the onset.”
To find out more about Dementia Awareness Week activities in Victoria, call the National Dementia Helpline on 1800 100 500 or visit www.alzheimers.org.au.
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