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A conversation about the largely unspoken issues associated with sex and ageing is long overdue. Working together, Alzheimer’s Australia Vic and COTA Victoria aim to push this dialogue firmly into the mainstream at the inaugural, international Let’s Talk About Sex, Relationships and Intimacy as We Age conference, Tuesday 8 – Wednesday 9 September.

Opal Aged Care has today been announced as major supporters of Alzheimer’s Australia Vic and Alzheimer’s Australia NSW’s Memory Walk & Jog, allowing the event to expand to several additional locations.

 

School aged children and grandchildren of people living with dementia have taken part in a series of videos speaking frankly about what it is like having a relative with dementia, in a bid to help other children better deal with the condition.

Growth in the popularity of retirement villages, coupled with a looming increase in dementia in Australia, has led to new research to help village operators become more dementia-friendly and deal with the issue head-on.

New research, released today by Alzheimer’s Australia NSW, has found that greater clarity is needed around the difference between a retirement village and residential aged care facility, as there is confusion about the different levels of support provided in each.

The research has also found there is an opportunity for retirement village operators to make villages ‘healthy ageing places’, which help reduce the incidence of dementia by promoting social interaction and healthy lifestyles, as well as sustaining the independence of residents.

Alzheimer’s Australia CEO The Hon. John Watkins AM said with more than 2,200 retirement villages in Australia, it is an issue that needs to be addressed.

Someone in the world develops dementia every 3 seconds. This is just one of the astounding statistics to come out of Alzheimer’s Disease International’s World Alzheimer’s Report 2015 ‘The Global Impact of Dementia: An analysis of prevalence, incidence, cost and trends’, released today in London.

The report found there are currently 46.8 million people living with dementia around the world, with numbers projected to nearly double every 20 years, increasing to 74.7 million by 2030.

Children's book author Victoria Lane reflects on the need for books for children whose family members are affected by dementia.

When I set out a few years back to write a children’s book exploring the experience of dementia, I felt compelled to do so because I couldn’t find any contemporary, Australian books on the topic. It took another year or two to find a publisher willing to take on an “issues-based” story.

World Alzheimer’s Report 2015The World Alzheimer Report 2015, "The Global Impact of Dementia", published 25 August 2015, can be read in full on the Alzheimer's Disease International website.

Dementia Australia ia a member of Alzheimer's Disease International (ADI), the international federation of Alzheimer associations around the world, in official relations with the World Health Organization.

How people can take small actions to make a big difference for people living with dementia will be the focus of Dementia Awareness Month 2015, starting on 1 September.

During September, Alzheimer’s Australia Vic is calling for the community to join them in Creating a Dementia-Friendly Nation where we work together to create communities where people living with dementia are respected, valued and supported to maintain a good quality of life.

Aged care providers and professionals will have a unique opportunity to influence dementia research and how it is translated into practice with the establishment of a new virtual online network.

The Membership Network is being developed by Alzheimer’s Australia as a key part of its strategy to create partnerships with sector stakeholders and gather their input to inform a strategic roadmap for dementia research and translation priorities.

The peak body was recently awarded the contract to run the National Health and Medical Research Council’s $50 million National Institute for Dementia Research.

Alzheimer’s Australia CEO Carol Bennett told Australian Ageing Agenda that one of the main aims of the institute was to create partnerships with industry organisations, and the online Membership Network would be established to ensure all interested stakeholders’ input was being taken on board.

One of Australia’s largest parishes, St Agnes’ Parish, has committed to becoming a dementia-friendly organisation.

Operating across service areas including aged care services, and with approximately 1,000 staff and 300 volunteers, St Agnes’ Parish is the largest organisation in Port Macquarie-Hastings to have their dementia-friendly action plan given the green light by the Dementia-Friendly Action Alliance.

ABC WA Mornings hosted a one hour forum on dementia. Hear the personal stories of those living with the illness and the challenges they and their families face:

Alzheimer’s Australia NSW CEO The Hon. John Watkins AM has encouraged people living with dementia to find out more about the Safely Home program this Missing Persons Week.

The theme for National Missing Persons Week 2015, which runs from 2 – 8 August, is Follow Your Instincts – you don’t have to wait 24 hours before reporting someone missing.

In NSW, almost 12,000 people go missing each year, and some of these are older people who may have some form of dementia.

Safely Home is a joint program run by Alzheimer’s Australia NSW and the NSW Police Missing Persons Unit. It aims to help locate people with dementia if they become lost with the help of a stainless steel bracelet, which features a toll free telephone number and personal identification number linked to the NSW Police Missing Persons Unit database.

Dementia Australia in Western Australia launches a new campaign today (11th June) that reveals a staggering 1 in 13 people with dementia are now under the age of 65. A range of these people are in their 30s and 40s.

The campaign - "No Longer A Statistic" - also reveals there are now 2343 people in Western Australia under the age of 65 with dementia (referred to as Younger Onset Dementia).

Alzheimer’s Australia WA highlights that by just 2020 the number of people under 65 with dementia will have jumped to 2649.

Alzheimer’s Australia Vic has partnered with the Winda-Mara Aboriginal Corporation and Indigenous Hip Hop Projects (IHHP) to develop an educational music dance video about dementia for young people.

The fitness industry is equipped to play a part in brain health and reducing the risk of dementia, with the release of two new resources today by Alzheimer’s Australia in partnership with Fitness Australia, the peak industry association.

The two resources, The Brain Health Checklist and Brain Health Guidelines, will provide simple steps that exercise professionals and their clients can take to ensure that they are considering brain health as part of their training program.

Wednesday 17 June 2015

Note: The below letter to the Editor was published in the Financial Review, Wednesday 17 June 2015.

CommunityWest, in conjunction with COTA Australia, has successfully recruited 10 organisations from around Australia to join the Step Forward: Create Better Together™ project. 

These organisations will be trialling ‘co-production’ as a new way of working with consumers of aged care services to design service delivery using co-production tools and principles to enhance the Wellness and enablement focus of their work.

CommunityWest is delighted to announce the 10 successful organisations:

Alzheimer’s Australia Vic and State Trustees have launched a partnership today, World Elder Abuse Day. The partnership will focus on educating professionals from both organisations to work more effectively with older Victorians who have dementia, in order to help identify and prevent financial elder abuse. This mutually beneficial partnership will involve State Trustees employees participating in Alzheimer’s Australia Vic’s dementia-related education modules. In turn, Alzheimer’s Australia Vic employees will participate in professional development from State Trustees which will focus on identifying and managing financial elder abuse.