To coincide with National Volunteer Week, Alzheimer’s Australia would like to take the opportunity to thank all the volunteers around Australia who give their time to improving the lives of people living with dementia, their carers, family and friends.
With the theme ‘Give Happy, Live Happy’, National Volunteer Week runs from 8-14 May, 2017 and is an annual celebration to acknowledge the generous contribution of our nation’s six million volunteers.
Alzheimer’s Australia CEO, Maree McCabe said that volunteers are an integral part of Alzheimer’s Australia and they make a massive difference to the lives of people living with dementia.
"I would personally like to send a heartfelt thank you to all volunteers who give their time to enhancing the lives of people with dementia in all capacities from care and support to awareness," she said.
"We’re so grateful to all the volunteers who generously donate their time and energy to Alzheimer’s Australia. Volunteers form a formidable workforce that is critical to the Australian health and aged care sectors and to Australia’s economy generally.
"They are a core part of any community and help to break down stigma associated with dementia, increase community awareness of dementia and make such a difference to the everyday lives of people living with dementia, their carers, family and friends."
This week thousands of events will be held around the country to acknowledge the important role that volunteers play in Australia.
Volunteering is a valued and rewarding experience and research shows that volunteers enjoy increased wellbeing and happiness.
You can volunteer with Alzheimer’s Australia by calling the National Dementia Helpline 1800 100 500 to be put in contact with your local state office for more information, or look for other ways to support people living with dementia by visiting our website or speaking to organisations within your community.
Alzheimer’s Australia is the charity for people with dementia and their families and carers. As the peak body, it provides advocacy, support services, education and information. An estimated 413,000 people have dementia in Australia. This number is projected to reach more than 1.1 million in 40 years.
National Dementia Helpline: 1800 100 500
An interpreter service is available
(The National Dementia Helpline is an Australian Government Initiative)
Dementia is a National Health Priority Area www.fightdementia.org.au
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