Creating Dementia Awareness Across Queensland

Alzheimer’s Australia (Qld) has been joined by numerous state-wide organisations assisting in educational initiatives during national Dementia Awareness Month, culminating in World Alzheimer’s Day on September 21.

Extensive forums involving representatives of Alzheimer’s Australia (Qld), aged care facilities, emergency service providers and advocacy groups continue to provide advice on how to equip communities as dementia friendly.

“There are currently more than 64,000 Queenslanders living with dementia and unless there is a medical breakthrough those numbers are set to increase dramatically over coming years,”said Alzheimer’s Australia (Qld) CEO Victoria Beedle.

“It is reassuring that varying degrees of support at local, state and federal government levels has been forthcoming, but there will always be a greater need throughout communities as this disease continues to impact more and more lives.  

“The many initiatives and campaigns across Queensland during Dementia Awareness Month will keep awareness, education and research into dementia very topical. We hope to also encourage society to show more understanding and empathy towards individuals and families living with dementia.”     
 
Following the artistic lead of Brisbane-based Silver Memories, 4MBS Classic FM Radio Network in offering the world’s first 24-hour, reminiscence broadcasts for people living with dementia, the Gallery of Modern Art and UQ Art Gallery at St Lucia have bookmarked nostalgic  ‘dementia friendly’ tours on the 21st and 23rd of September.

Bribie Island takes a leading role in dementia friendly initiaitives hosting an exclusive fitness class on the 22nd September followed by a night of fun and dance on the 28th September. 

While North Queensland’s dedication to World Alzheimer’s Day (September 21) is unwavering, as staff and volunteers will be on hand  to discuss the various issues, challenges and misconceptions associated with dementia during an Open Day at the Townsville Dementia Support Centre.

“It is important for communities to understand the vital support services and groups, plus catalogue of related information resources provided for the people of Townsville, Northern and Central Queensland through our newly established Dementia Support Centre at Pimlico,”said Alzheimer’s FNQ Regional Manager, Coralie Friend.

“World Alzheimer’s Day provides the opportunity for our local community to meet and mingle with dedicated staff and volunteers who contribute more than 1,500 hours of their time each year to assist people living with dementia, their carers and families.

“In North Queensland there are 2833 people living with dementia and 248 with younger onset dementia so raising awareness throughout the region will contribute greatly towards creating a dementia-friendly community that allows individuals to remain connected.


Renowned advocate, author and Alzheimer’s Australia (Qld) ambassador, Christine Bryden will present her latest publication, ‘Before I Forget’ during exclusive book signings and information sessions at Dymocks bookstore in Brisbane and Bulimba’s Riverbend Books on World Alzheimer’s Day.   

PRICELINE Pharmacy in Brisbane’s CBD will also conduct free make-up demonstrations as a special fundraiser in the City on the 24th September.

Angus & Robertson bookstore at Victoria Point in Brisbane will host award winning Brisbane author and teacher, Karen Tyrell on Saturday September 26 where she’ll presentat her empowering children’s picture book, ‘Harry Helps Grandpa Remember’ in an entertaining pantomime.  

An Australia-wide social media campaign, #ItStartsWithYou will encourage people to think about how they can act to create dementia friendly communities via Facebook and Twitter.