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Alzheimer's Australia Vic eNews November 2015
People with dementia and MPs unite to Engage, Empower and Enable

 

On Thursday 12 November, we hosted our regular Parliamentary Friends of Dementia event at Parliament House.
 
The event was attended by a number of people living with dementia, alongside numerous MPs including Co-conveners Gabrielle Williams MP, Parliamentary Secretary for Carers and Volunteers and Emma Kealy MP, Member for Lowan.
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During the event we launched our Engage, Empower, Enable resource - designed by people living with dementia to help others in similar circumstances know they are not alone.
 
The website and booklet aim to support people to live a good quality of life following a diagnosis of dementia. The resource focuses on how small changes to lifestyle can lead to better health and well being.
 
You can check out the resource in full by clicking here.
 
And, to see some of the great photos from the Parliamentary Friends of Dementia event, click here.
 
 
Virtual Dementia Experience recognised at Victorian Public Health Awards
 

We were delighted to be named Gold winner at the Victorian Public Health Awards 2015 for our Virtual ‪Dementia Experience, in the category 'Excellence in person, family and community centred care award'.
 
The awards recognise Victoria’s most outstanding and innovative healthcare programs. Find out more by clicking here.
 
For more information about our Virtual Dementia Experience, click here.

 


We have put together a celebratory video, highlighting some of Alzheimer's Australia Vic's fantastic achievements throughout the 2014-2015 financial year. The theme of the video is The Power of Partnerships.
 
Watch it by clicking here.

Get involved with Memory Walk & Jog
 


It’s not too late to get involved with our hugely successful series of Memory Walk & Jog events! We have three more scheduled during 2016. Make sure you save the following dates …
  • 24 January 2016, Point Nepean, Mornington Peninsula
  • 17 April 2016, Ruffey Lake Park, Doncaster
  • 22 May 2016, Belvoir Park, Albury/Wodonga
You don’t need to be a fitness fanatic to be a part of the Memory Walk & Jog – it has something for everyone. You can run, walk, skip or even dress up and dance your way through the day!
 
And remember, the earlier your register, the more time you will have to rally friends and family for donations. To find out more, click here.
 
Or view our video on the event by clicking here.


 
 
For Sarah Holmes, her mother Jenny’s diagnosis of younger onset dementia at the age of just 54 and her eventual transition into aged care five years later was heartbreaking.
 
Inspired by the need to find a simple, yet accurate way to explain to her two young boys what was happening to their grandmother, Sarah has written a short illustrated story entitled Nanny’s Lights.


We are sharing Nanny's Lights as part of our Christmas fundraising appeal. Find out more by clicking here.

A Trek to Remember a huge success

Our intrepid explorers have made it! Rosalie, Bianca, Alice, Mary, Kristin and Warwick recently returned to Australia following their adventure of a lifetime, trekking in Nepal.
 
So far, their efforts have seen them raise over $16,000 for Alzheimer’s Australia Vic. An extraordinary accomplishment! Please join us in congratulating them on their inspiring journey - raising awareness about dementia among their friends, families and the community AND raising important funds along the way.
 
And the best news is, there’s still time to show your support. You can do so by clicking here.


Mark Moroney raising funds through music

 

Our good friend Darren Percival is currently producing singer-songwriter Mark Moroney, and we would love your support for his crowd-funding campaign. Mark has written a song about dementia and will donate 25% of every dollar he receives over his pledge target to help fund our research.
 
Click here for more details.

CEO Connect: Dementia-friendly communities

Our CEO Maree McCabe recently spoke about dementia-friendly communities at the Heathcote Health AGM.
 
Maree’s speech formed our latest CEO Connect video, which you can check out by clicking here.
 
Find out more about what you can do to inspire your community to become dementia-friendly by clicking here

Dementia: Breaking down the Myths seminars ... Coming to a town near you
 
Join us to find out exactly what dementia is, and what it is not.
 
During our series of free seminars entitled Dementia: Breaking Down the Myths, facilitators will explain, in simple terms, the main causes of dementia, key signs and symptoms, and risk factors.
 
Attendees will also learn about changed behaviours, common myths and misconceptions, seeking a diagnosis, available treatments, and how you can access further information and support.
 
The next event will be held on 2 December at Neerim South. Register by clicking here.
 
In 2016, further events will be held in Broadmeadows, Cowes, Sunshine and Shepparton between February and May. For specific details on dates and locations, call 03 9816 5708.
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