Dr Kristine Yaffe speaking at the launch of Dementia Awareness Week 2013 at a seminar at Parliament House in Sydney. Dementia Awareness Week is the national flagship week for Dementia Australia's community awareness activities each year. The theme of Dementia Awareness Week 2013 was Brain Health: Making the Connections with the seminar focusing on maximising cognitive health.

This year, in recognition of World Alzheimer’s Day, the Alzheimer’s Australia Dementia Research Foundation, with the support of Alzheimer’s Australia and KinCare, organised a dementia research panel discussion titled Quality dementia care – what do we value?

Presented by Dr Norman Swan, ABC Radio National's Health Report host, the panellists included:

  • Mr Trevor Crosby, Dementia Australia Dementia Advisory Committee Member.
  • Dr Ron Petersen, Director, Mayo Alzheimer's Disease Research Centre and the Mayo Clinic Study on Aging.
  • Professor Susan Kurrle, Geriatrician and Director, Cognitive Decline Partnership Centre.
  • Professor Elizabeth Beattie, Director Dementia Collaborative Research Centre – Carers and Consumers.
  • Ms Therese Adami, Chief Operating Officer, KinCare.
  • Ms Maree McCabe, Interim Chief Executive Officer, Dementia Australia National.

READ – A fantastic summary article has been publised in the December 2016 Edition of Dementia News, which you can read here.

This year, during National Science Week (Aug 16-24), the Alzheimer’s Australia Dementia Research Foundation with the support of the Dementia Collaborative Research Centres, the ACT National Science Week committee, Questacon and the ABC network, organised a dementia research panel discussion titled Towards a World Without Dementia – Prevention, Cure and Care.

Paul Barclay from ABC Radio National led the panel on a discussion of questions such as how close researchers are to finding a cure for dementia? How can we reduce our risk of dementia? And where to next with dementia research?

Panellists included:

  • Ita Buttrose AO, OBE - Journalist, author and National Ambassador for Alzheimer’s Australia
  • Scientia Professor Henry Brodaty AO - Co-Director, Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing and Dementia Collaborative Research Centre, UNSW
  • Professor Kaarin Anstey - Director, Centre for Research on Ageing, Health and Wellbeing and Dementia Collaborative Research Centre, ANU
  • Dr Zoe Terpening - Clinical Neuropsychologist, Brain and Mind Research Institute, Sydney Uni
  • Christine Bryden - Dementia advocate, author and living well with a diagnosis of dementia

This clip was downloaded from ABC Big Ideas website - the original can be found here -