Thursday, 18 August 2016

Did you know that Hearing Awareness Week commences this Sunday? 21st of August 2016

                                 Hearing is precious and fragile

Hearing impairment or deafness, is when your hearing is affected by a condition or injury. Some people are born with hearing loss, while others may develop it as they get older.

Statistically we all begin to lose our hearing when we are in our 30s and 40s. One adult in five and more than half of all people over the age of 80 suffer from hearing loss.

Hearing Awareness Week reports that some of the early warning signs of hearing loss are: you can hear but not understand, you find it hard to hear in noisy situations or groups of people, you think people mumble, you need turn the TV up louder than others or, you don't always hear the doorbell or the phone.

To locate a free hearing test offered by Australian Hearing you can select ‘Find your nearest event’ on their web page and then add your postcode to receive contact details of your nearest Hearing Centre.

Thursday, 4 August 2016

Did you known that Alzheimer’s Australia NSW is hosting a 'Your Brain Matters' seminar on the 6th of August in Little Bay?

                                    Your Brain Matters - The Power of Prevention

A third of all Alzheimer's cases worldwide are preventable, a study published in 2014 by researchers at the University of Cambridge has found:

The research, which was carried out by Cambridge University’s Institute of Public Health and published in the medical journal The Lancet said that one in three Alzheimer’s cases could be avoided if there was a change to people’s lifestyles.

Using population data, researchers were able to work out the seven main risk factors that brought about Alzheimer’s in later life.

A lack of exercise, smoking and poor diets (including obesity) were all seen as significant factors in making people more susceptible to the disease, while factors such as low educational attainment, depression and other conditions brought on by poor lifestyle, including vascular disease, were also seen as contributors.

The researchers led by Professor Carol Brayne, predicted that if these “modifiable risk factors” were reduced by just 10 per cent, nearly nine million cases of Alzheimer’s disease could be prevented.
Alzheimer’s Australia NSW will be holding a ‘Your Brain Matters, The Power of Prevention’ presentation on the 6th of August from 11am to 1pm and following the presentation staff will be available answering questions until 3pm.

The program will explore the five simple steps to maximize your brain health.

This program is suitable for anyone in the community who is interested in learning what they can do to reduce their risk of developing dementia.

When: Saturday the 6th of August
Time: 11am-3pm
Where: The Prince Henry Nursing and Medical Museum, 2 Brodie Avenue, Little Bay
No bookings are required.
For all enquiries contact 9399 0972 or email 

Following the presentation feel free to discuss any concerns you may have
about your memory with staff from Alzheimer’s Australia and the local Dementia Advisory Service.

If you would like to locate a 'Your Brain Matters'
prevention presentation closer to where you live contact Alzheimer’s Australia NSW on 9805 0100 or email (link sends e-mail). 

Why not test your brain by taking one of the 'Your Brain Matters' quizzes?

If you have any questions about Alzheimer's or dementia contact the National Dementia Helpline on 1800 100 500. The National Dementia Helpline is available 9.00am to 5.00pm across Australia, Monday to Friday excluding public holidays.