World Alzheimer’s Month

As published in La Fiamma, L’Angolo Della Terza Eta 12/9/2013

September is World Alzheimer’s Month.

The international campaign, which is now in its second year, aims to raise awareness and challenge stigma around dementia.

The theme for World Alzheimer’s Month 2013 is “Dementia: A Journey of Care”. Organisations and individuals in Australia and around the globe will be raising awareness about dementia and the care required by people throughout the course of the condition.

Named after neurologist Alois Alzheimer, the disease causes progressive damage to the brain. Activities for World Alzheimer’s Month will focus on reducing the stigma which is associated with dementia and making communities more dementia- friendly.

Alzheimer’s Australia is the peak body providing support and advocacy for the more than 321,000 Australians living with dementia. Alzheimer’s Australia is a federation of State and Territory member Associations, incorporated in New South Wales.

Nationwide, there are a range of activities lined up during the month, including “Morning Tea” events and Memory Walks.

Alzheimer’s Australia NSW is also promoting Dementia Awareness Week 2013 which will take place from 16 to 22 September, to coincide with World Alzheimer’s Day on September 21st. The theme for 2013 is “Connect the Dots” and will focus on:

  • Promoting brain- healthy lifestyles- a positive message linking body, brain and heart fitness
  • Promoting awareness of memory loss and dementia and where to get help
  • Promoting early detection and timely diagnosis

Dementia Awareness Week is supported by financial assistance from the Australian Government and the NSW Government. More information is available at: www.fightdementia.org.au/dementia-awareness-week-2.aspx

Are you worried about someone wth dementia? If so, come along to the FREE Inner West Multicultural Dementia Expo on Tuesday 10 September 2013 10am – 2pm at ASHFIELD CIVIC CENTRE, 260 Liverpool Road, Ashfield.

Information Sessions on Dementia will be delivered in eight community languages including Italian. Entertainment and refreshments will also be provided. Bookings are essential. Please contact Vincenzo Cositore, Aged Project Officer, at Co.As.It. telephone 9564 0744 or email vincenzo.cositore@coasit.org.au.

This event has been made possible through a grant from Ashfield Council and with the support of Burwood, Strathfield, Leichhardt and Marrickville Councils, CASS, Co.As.It., Ethnic Child Care, Family and Community Services Cooperative, Wesley Community Support Services, the Inner West HACC Development Officer, Community Care Podiatry and the Sydney Local Health District. The event is also supported by financial assistance from the Australian and NSW Governments. If you know someone with dementia or their carer, please let them know about Morning tea at d’Cafe on Norton, a monthly social gathering for peoplewith dementia and their carers, held every fourth Tuesday of the month commencing 24 September 2013, 10:30am- 12:00pm, at Cafe Gioia, 126A Norton Street, Leichhardt. DementiaCafe d’cafe on norton.

These gatherings will give people the opportunity to join others in similar circumstances to talk and share stories over a multicultural morning tea. Health professionals will be on hand to answer any questions and to let you know about support for people with dementia and their families in the  local area. This project has been arranged by Co.As.It. in partnership with Leichhardt Municipal Council. For more information please contac Vincenzo Cositore on 9564 0744 or email vincenzo.cositore@coasit.org.au.

World Alzheimer’s Month in Italian