September was Dementia Awareness Month and this year more than 40 activities and more than 60 education sessions where held across the country, to help elevate awareness about dementia and the impact on people living with dementia and their carers and families.
Highlights for the month included Melbourne’s photo exhibition, showcasing images of treasured items photographed by people living with dementia. The Northern Territory held a trivia night and Canberra saw a sea of yellow with their Memory Walk and Jog.
Iconic structures like the Brisbane’s Story Bridge in Queensland and the Telstra Tower, the National Museum of Australia and the National Carillion in the Australian Capital Territory in Canberra were all illuminated in teal to raise dementia awareness on World Alzheimer’s Day on 21 September.
The education sessions held across the country covered a wide range of topics that ranged from Dementia Essentials, to Let’s Talk Dementia to Care for the Carer. The topics were aimed at educating people on how to assist people living with dementia, their carers, friends and families while providing communities and the general public with more information on dementia.
Dementia Australia also hosted a public lecture series given by international guest speaker Professor Steven Sabat, who is Professor Emeritus of Psychology at Georgetown University, USA. For the past 35 years, he has studied the cognitive and social abilities of people with Alzheimer’s disease in the moderate to severe stages. Dr Steven Sabat travelled to Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra as part of a speaking tour on dementia in the community, entitled Forget Memory Loss - what about the person?