Dr Bryce Vissel 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.
Meet some of Australia's dementia researchers funded through donations to the Dementia Australia Research Foundation.
Alzheimer's disease is the most common cause of dementia, affecting over 40 million people worldwide. And though it was discovered over a century ago, scientists are still grappling for a cure. Ivan Seah Yu Jun describes how Alzheimer's affects the brain, shedding light on the different stages of this complicated, destructive disease.
One Australian is diagnosed with dementia every 6 minutes. This panel discussion, hosted by science journalist and broadcaster Robyn Williams AM from Radio National's The Science Show, features insights on the progress Australian scientists are making towards early diagnosis and treatment.
It features AADRF Board of Directors member, Andrew Watts and Dementia Australia Victoria Research Fellow, Dr Maree Farrow.
This 3D animation (developed by the CSIRO) takes you deep into the brain to understand how plaque build-up on brain cells occurs during Alzheimer's disease.
Video transcripts are available here: http://www.csiro.au/news/transcripts/YouTubeTranscripts/2015/Feb/Alzheimers-Enigma.html
Early for Early Campaign: Raising Awareness of Early Onset Dementia
The #earlyforearly campaign was started by Dementia Australia Tasmania to put a spotlight on early onset dementia.
Roughly 25,000 people are living with early (or younger) onset dementia in Australia. Some as young as in their 30s.
Early onset dementia does not just affect memory but also people's ability to perform everyday tasks (such as planning a meal) and their social, emotional and financial well-being. The Younger Onset Dementia Key Worker Program in Tasmania began this campaign to increase community awareness and knowledge of early onset dementia. The program also aims to address key issues with funds raised from the campaign, such as appropriate accommodation for younger people and social support for people living with the illness.
1. Wake up early, before 7am (try and catch the sunrise!)
2. Take a picture/selfie in a great location, anywhere in the world
3. Post it on Instagram/Facebook with the hashtag #earlyforearly and tag @alzheimersaustraliatas
4. Nominate two other people to do the same thing!
Thank you for your support!
Training the brain for functional gain
Professor Jacqui Close
Tweed Heads, NSW
The National Press Club address for World Alzheimer's Day, 21 September 2016, was given by Dr Ron Petersen and Ita Buttrose AO OBE.
More information about the event, Dr Ron Petersen, and Ita Buttrose is available here.
Published here by permission of the National Press Club.
These poignant digital stories depict both the love each carer has for their loved on living with dementia as well as the emotional cost.
The aims of appearing on film, expressed by the carers featured in this series, is to help their communities to achieve a greater understanding of dementia, remove stigma and blame and to generate acceptance of dementia as a medical illness.
As we prepare for the federal election on Saturday we asked people living with dementia, their carers, families and friends what they would want the future Prime Minister to know.
Here's some of what they had to say.