Dementia prioritised by Opposition in vision for older Australians
Dementia Australia acknowledges Leader of the Opposition, Hon Anthony Albanese MP, for prioritising the urgent need to improve dementia care in his speech yesterday. Mr Albanese’s address in Brisbane outlined the Labor Party’s vision for older Australians, highlighting the importance of dementia-friendly spaces in our communities and the impact dementia is having on almost half a million Australians.
Relationship between alcohol use and dementia one area of $1.5 million dementia research grants
Clarifying the relationship between alcohol use and dementia is just one of 19 new projects that will share in $1.5 million in grants to conduct ground-breaking dementia research. Dr Louise Mewton from UNSW Sydney’s Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing (CHeBA) was awarded a $75,000 Dementia Australia Research Foundation Pilot Grant, sponsored by the Dementia Centre for Research Collaboration, and will use the funding to clarify the relationship between low to moderate alcohol use and the risk of dementia.
Bondi lifesaver ‘Reidy’ makes an Australia Day splash for dementia
Best known for saving lives on Network Ten’s Bondi Rescue, lifeguard Andrew ‘Reidy’ Reid will be making a splash in Sydney Harbour on Australia Day in honour of his mother who is living with Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia. Mr Reid will host the Sydney Harbour Splash event on Sunday that will inspire thousands of swimmers, taking on a variety of distance challenges, to raise money and make a difference to the lives of people impacted by dementia.
Dementia peak body acknowledges outgoing Secretary of the Department of Health
Dementia Australia thanks outgoing Secretary of the Department of Health Glenys Beauchamp for her service to the sector over her 21 year career in the Australian Public Service. Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe said Ms Beauchamp had been a committed leader of the Department of Health.
Save the Date for Dementia Action Week 2020
Dementia Australia is pleased to announce its annual awareness week - Dementia Action Week - will be held from 21-27 September 2020 and is encouraging people to ‘save the date’ and register online for more information.
Award-winning, global dementia expert to tour Australia in March 2020
Dementia Australia will be hosting internationally-renowned dementia expert, Prof Dawn Brooker, for an Australian masterclass tour on person-centred care this March. Prof Brooker, Director of the University of Worcester Association for Dementia Studies UK, will embark on the tour following her keynote presentation at the ‘Dementia Australia National Symposium 2020 – Dementia care is quality care’ to be held in Sydney on 24 March 2020.
Digital education to transform dementia care training
A new digital learning platform to inspire care workers to learn more about dementia will be developed by Dementia Australia over the next three years, with the support of Gandel Philanthropy. Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe said it was an absolute honour to have been awarded a Gandel Philanthropy multi-year Major Grant.
Making the most of the summer holidays for people living with dementia
Wednesday 18 December 2019 The summer holidays are traditionally a time for families and friends to gather together but for people living with dementia, their families and carers, the time can be fun but challenging. To help make the most of the holidays, Dementia Australia has some tips to support people impacted by the disease.
Ita Buttrose urges Australians to get active to help beat dementia in 2020
Dementia Australia’s National Ambassador Ita Buttrose AC OBE has called on the public to sign up and get training to support the 2020 Memory Walk & Jog season.
Decoding Dementia 2019 Winners
Dementia Australia is pleased to announce the winners of Decoding Dementia 2019, an initiative to inspire the use of technology to break down barriers and support people living with dementia. The winners are: Matiu Bush for Audio Kinetic Jukebox; Nan Yu for My Dementia Companion; Nicc Johnson for Muru Music; and Anne-Louise and Mark Underwood for the MemBo Noticeboard.
VR to improve health and meal times for people living with dementia
Dementia Australia’s Centre for Dementia Learning has launched a new workshop, ‘A day in the life – mealtime experience’, using engaging VR technology aimed at educating aged care professionals on how they can provide a better dining experience for people living with dementia. Anthony Boffa, Acting CEO Dementia Australia said for all of us our experiences with food and mealtimes are anchor points throughout each day.
Discussing the palliative care needs of people living with dementia
Palliative Care Australia (PCA) and Dementia Australia have partnered with the Parliamentary Friends of Palliative Care and the Parliamentary Friends of Dementia today in Parliament House Canberra to bring attention to the palliative care needs of people living with dementia. Launching a suite of resources specifically designed to ensure they meet the needs of people living with dementia, the event was attended by the Governor-General, His Excellency David Hurley, and Her Excellency Mrs Linda Hurley. His Excellency is Patron of Dementia Australia and Their Excellencies are joint Patrons of PCA.