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Every three seconds someone in the world develops dementia1. Alzheimer’s Disease International has called on global leaders to help create societies where the inclusion of people living with dementia becomes part of everyday life.

The challenge of the unknown is something that drives World Obstacle Course Racing champion, Laura Newton towards optimum inner strength and resilience.

But those mental and physical hurdles pale into insignificance compared to the heartache associated with dementia and the insidious impact it has had on her family.

“Both my grandparents have dementia and it’s been a really long road,” confirmed Laura.

Alzheimer’s Australia welcomes the Federal Government’s plan to implement the new “Health Care Home” primary care package which will better co-ordinate and manage the care of people with chronic disease and complex conditions but is deeply concerned that dementia has not been mentioned in the list of the most prominent chronic conditions.

Dementia Australia needs your help in making the National Dementia Strategy a priority in the 2016 Australian Election.

The Australian Broadcasting Company (ABC) has put together an Election 2016: Tell us what matters to you survey.

It is more important than ever that dementia features on the National agenda and forms part of the election discussion in 2016.

Men with a diagnosis of dementia or men who are caring for a person with dementia could be missing out on vital support and information as figures show that only one in five callers to the National Dementia Helpline are men.

 
Figures compiled by Alzheimer’s Australia, which provides the free National Dementia Helpline service, show that, in addition to 78 per cent of total callers to the service being female, there are almost four times as many daughters ringing the Helpline as sons, and almost three times as many female partners than male partners calling.

Dementia has taken its toll, 
Against my Poppy’s lonely soul.
Oh I wish that you’d come home,
That way you won’t be alone. 

An excerpt from Poppy by Neasher McNamara

Illustration supplied by Caitlin Turner

Illustration supplied by Caitlin Turner 

Men with a diagnosis of dementia or men who are caring for a person with dementia could be missing out on vital support and information as figures show that only one in five callers to the National Dementia Helpline are men.

Figures compiled by Alzheimer’s Australia, which provides the free National Dementia Helpline service, show that, in addition to 78 per cent of total callers to the service being female, there are almost four times as many daughters ringing the Helpline as sons, and almost three times as many female partners than male partners calling.

Winners of the 2015 National Dementia Essay competition have been announced.

Supported by the Dementia Training Study Centres, the Australian Journal Dementia Care and Alzheimer’s Australia, the essay competition drew entries from 26 universities across 20 different fields of study and offered over $7,000 worth of prizes.

 

Hotel Windsor

Friday 26 February 2016

Join Australian icon Ita Buttrose AO OBE for an Afternoon Tea for Alzheimer’s Australia Vic at Melbourne’s most cherished grand hotel, The Hotel Windsor on Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 March, 2016.

Alzheimer’s Australia NSW is pleased to announce the official opening of its new Port Macquarie building on 22 February.

The relocated Port Macquarie Dementia and Memory Community Centre, funded by a NSW Government grant, will be officially opened by NSW Minister for Ageing, Disability Services and Multiculturalism, The Hon. John Ajaka MLC, and Member for Port Macquarie, The Hon. Leslie Williams MP, Minister for Early Childhood Education, Aboriginal Affairs and Assistant Minister for Education.

Alzheimer’s Australia NSW is urging football players at all levels to be more aware of the potential risks of repeated head injuries and playing with a concussion.

In the lead-up to the official starts of the NRL, AFL and Super Rugby football seasons, Alzheimer’s Australia NSW is today releasing an update of its Football, Head Injuries and the Risk of Dementia discussion paper.

Dementia Australia Art Program

A small therapeutic creative art group for people living with dementia

Alzheimer’s Australia WA is offering a new art studio experience based on the highly successful ‘Artistic Adventures’ - a programme of hands on studio sessions and gallery tours for couples, held at the Art Gallery of WA.

Can animals help to uplift spirits in aged care facilities and nursing homes?

New dementia figures for 2016 show more people than ever will be living with the condition this year, but the peak body representing people with the fatal disease says you can live well with it, with the right support.

The figures, prepared for Alzheimer’s Australia NSW by Deloitte Access Economics, show the number of people estimated to be living with dementia in NSW has risen to almost 115,000.

Wednesday 10 February 2016

Alzheimer’s Australia Vic is calling on the State Government and the corporate community to join forces and support investment in a sustained public awareness and education campaign to prepare Victoria for alarming increases in dementia projected in new prevalence data released today.

The new research estimates there are currently 97,000 people living with dementia in Victoria, a figure expected to grow by almost 300 per cent by 2050, to 386,000[1].

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

Alzheimer’s Australia NSW CEO The Hon. John Watkins AM said it was fantastic to have Opal Aged Care’s support for the flagship event, which has grown to 10 locations across the two states.

Alzheimer’s Australia is calling on the Federal Government to build on last year’s investment in dementia in its Federal Budget Submission released today, Towards 2020 – a Dementia Response for Australia.
 
Alzheimer’s Australia National President Professor Graeme Samuel commended the Government’s commitment of $200 million for dementia research and called for continued support for people living with dementia, who still struggle to get access to the services and supports they require to achieve a high quality of life.
 

A recently published article from The Alzheimer’s Society has offered a unique insight that changes in urine odour could provide an early indication of Alzheimer’s disease.

The study, conducted on mice in the US Department of Agriculture Monell Centre and published in the online journal Scientific Reports, concludes that a differentiating smell in the urine appears just before significant dementia-related developments occur within the brain.

The research was conducted on three different types of mice that had been genetically altered to mimic the changes seen within Alzheimer’s disease.

The researchers found that each strain of mouse produced a particular urinary odour that was easily distinguishable from normal mice.

Could a cancer drug used to heal the brains of mice with Alzheimer’s disease, ever be used in humans with dementia?

An SBS news story has highlighted a potential new medication that could not only assist people with cancer, but also help in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease.

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