Dementia Awareness Month

You are not alone

Dementia Awareness Month runs from 1 September to 30 September every year. The theme for 2016 is "You are not alone".

Activities and events for Dementia Awareness Month

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Dementia Awareness Month - You Are Not Alone

National speaking tour by Dr Ronald Petersen

September is Dementia Awareness Month in Australia.

Alzheimer’s Australia has invited Dr Ronald Petersen M.D., Ph.D. to conduct a national speaking tour around the country to raise awareness about dementia in the community.

Ron PetersenDr Ronald Petersen is a world leader in the field of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Dr Ronald Petersen is Director of the Mayo Clinic in the U.S. and was also Ronald Reagan’s personal physician and treated the former President of America’s Alzheimer’s disease.

He is the director of the Mayo Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center and the Mayo Clinic Study on Aging. He has authored over 700 peer-reviewed articles and edited five books on memory disorders, aging, and Alzheimer’s disease. Dr Petersen received his Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from the University of Minnesota and graduated from Mayo Medical School in 1980. He joined the staff of the Mayo Clinic in 1986. He became the Cora Kanow Professor of Alzheimer’s Disease Research in 2000, and was named the Mayo Clinic Distinguished Investigator in 2011. He has been integral in the work America has done to devise a National Plan to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease by 2025.

Dr Petersen is one of the recipients of the 2004 MetLife Award for Medical Research in Alzheimer’s Disease and the 2005 Potamkin Prize for Research in Picks, Alzheimer’s, and Related Disorders of the American Academy of Neurology. He also received the inaugural Ronald and Nancy Reagan Research Institute Award in 2004 from the Alzheimer’s Association and the inaugural Leon Thal Prize of the Lou Ruvo Brain Institute in 2007. In 2012, he received the Khachaturian award of the Alzheimer’s Association and the Henry Wisniewski Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013.

In 2011 he was appointed by the Secretary of Health and Human Services to serve as the chair of the Advisory Committee on Research, Care, and Services for the National Alzheimer’s Project Act in the US and was appointed to the World Dementia Council in 2014 by the UK Prime Minister David Cameron. 

Professional highlights

  • Member, World Dementia Council, 2014-present
  • Chair, Advisory Council on Alzheimer's Research, Care, and Services for the National Alzheimer's Project Act, 2011-present
  • Board of directors, The Alzheimer's Association, 2008-present
  • Cora Kanow Professor of Alzheimer's Disease Research, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, 2000-present
  • Henry Wisniewski Lifetime Achievement Award, Alzheimer's Association, 2013
  • Member, National Advisory Council on Aging, National Institute on Aging (NIA), 2010-2013; Board of Scientific Counselors, NIA, 2003-2008
  • Zaven Khachaturian Award, Alzheimer's Association, 2012
  • Distinguished Mayo Clinic Investigator, 2011
  • Chair, Medical and Scientific Advisory Council, Alzheimer's Association, 2008-2011
  • Potamkin Prize for Research in Pick's, Alzheimer's, and Related Diseases, American Academy of Neurology, 2005
  • MetLife Foundation Award for Medical Research in Alzheimer's disease, 2004
  • Author of more than 700 publications and five books

Domestic Guest Speakers

Professor Maria CrottyProfessor Maria Crotty BA, BMed, MPH, PhD, FAFRM (RACP), FAFPHM, FRACGP is a rehabilitation physician based in Adelaide who has a special interest in working with older people particularly those with dementia.

She is Professor of Rehabilitation and Aged Care at Flinders University, the Director of Rehabilitation at Repatriation General Hospital (RGH), Adelaide, South Australia and the Clinical Lead of Rehabilitation for Country Health SA.

She is the past president of the Fragility Fracture Network (FFN) an international organization focused on improving care for older people with hip fractures. She runs the South Australian arm of the NHMRC Partnership Centre on Cognitive Decline which focuses on care models in nursing homes and the cost of care.

Her research focuses on recovery after illness, strategies to maintain walking after stroke and hip fracture and on new rehabilitation technologies.

She has a particular interest in gaming, virtual reality and telehealth. 

Professor Jacqueline CloseProfessor Jacqueline Close

Prof Jacqui Close is a consultant in Orthogeriatrics at the Prince of Wales Hospital in Sydney and Clinical Director of the Falls, Balance and Injury Research Centre at Neuroscience Research Australia.

Her primary research area is falls in people with cognitive impairment and dementia and particularly the relationship of cognitive function to postural stability, falls and fractures. Ongoing research includes looking at how to work most effectively with people with dementia and their carers to prevent falls and also looking at how best to provide care for people with dementia in the acute hospital setting.

She sits on a number of State and National committees in relation to Aged Health and is the President of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Geriatric Medicine.

Over the past 15 years she has combined research with clinical practice and provided leadership in relation to ensuring that research is translated into policy, guidelines and everyday practice.