Dementia Awareness Month: You Are Not Alone

Media Alert

9 August 2016

Dementia Awareness Month: You Are Not Alone

Australians are being encouraged to find out more about dementia during Dementia Awareness Month, in September, so people living with the condition feel less isolated and alone. 

As part of Dementia Awareness Month, Alzheimer’s Australia will host world-leader in the field of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia Dr Ronald Petersen. 

Director of the U.S Mayo Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center and the Mayo Clinic Study on Aging, Dr Petersen was Ronald Reagan’s personal physician and treated the former President of America’s Alzheimer’s disease. 

Dr Petersen is also a member of the World Dementia Council. He has authored over 700 peer-reviewed articles and edited five books on memory disorders, ageing, and Alzheimer’s disease. 

Dr Petersen will conduct a national speaking tour presenting on the latest in clinical dementia research and the global experience of dementia.  

Dr Petersen’s visit will include events in:

Sydney – 19 September
Brisbane – 20 September
Canberra – 21 September
Melbourne – 22 September
Adelaide – 23 September

Alzheimer’s Australia state and territory organisations will host a number of events as part of Dementia Awareness Month including a domestic speaking tour featuring a number of Australian dementia experts. Visit www.fightdementia.org.au and select your relevant state or territory for details about specific events near you.

Dementia Awareness Month runs throughout September and this year’s theme is You Are Not Alone. World Alzheimer’s Day is on Wednesday 21 September 2016. Dementia Awareness Month 2016 is supported by financial assistance from the Australian Government.

Media enquiries:
Bianca Armytage | 0407 019 430 | bianca.armytage@dementia.org.au


Alzheimer’s Australia is the peak body representing people with dementia and their families and carers. It provides advocacy, support services, education and information. More than 353,800 people have dementia in Australia. This number is projected to reach more than half a million by 2030.


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


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