Thursday, 29 September 2016

Have you registered for War Memorial Hospital's upcoming seminar on Healthy Brains?

War Memorial Hospital will be hosting a free seminar on Healthy Brains on the 10th of October 2016 for seniors.

Leading brain health experts will cover subjects including:

- Educational tools for everyday living

- Learning opportunities for the over 50s

- The benefits of learning for health and well being

- What’s new in the prevention and treatment of Alzheimer's

- Dealing with early memory loss and how to improve your memory

Guest speakers Professor Henry Brodaty and Dr Nick Brennan

When: Monday the 10th of October 2016

Venue: Day Centre War Memorial Hospital, 125 Birrell St Waverley

Time: 10:00am to 12:30pm

For more Information and bookings contact Catriona Beaumont on 93690215 or Catriona.Beaumont@SESIAHS.HEALTH.NSW.GOV.AU

Thursday, 8 September 2016

Did you know that September is Dementia Awareness Month

Dementia Awareness Month runs from 1st September to 30th of September every year.

The purpose of Dementia Awareness Month is to encourage Australians to become dementia-aware, have a better understanding of what it is like for a person to live with dementia and ultimately be encouraged to create communities where people with dementia are supported to live a high quality of life with meaning, purpose and value.

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The theme for 2016 is "You are not alone" and the main activities will be a series of seminars with international and local dementia experts and key note speakers. 
The international presenter this year is Dr Ron Peterson director of the Mayo Clinic Alzheimer's Disease Research Center and the Mayo Clinic Study of Aging, both of which involve the study and characterisation of aging individuals over time with an emphasis on neuroimaging and biomarkers.

There are a number of events planned for ‘Dementia Awareness Month’ so check out Alzheimer's Australia's events page for more details.

Some of the events for Dementia Awareness Month include:
-Thinko! Gala Launch (For more information contact Rachel on 02 8875 4657)

-Using the 5 senses to trigger memories (For more information contact Myra Hechanova on 9911 9858)

R U OK? Day - Thursday 8 September 2016

The R U OK? Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to encourage all people to regularly and meaningfully ask 'are you ok?' to support those who are struggling. 

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4 steps to connect with anyone struggling with life:
1. Ask R U OK?
• Start a conversation some where private
• Build trust through open and relaxed body language

• Ask open-ended questions

2. Listen without judgement
• Give them time to reply
• Avoid solving their problems
• Don’t trivialize what they’re feeling

3. Encourage Action
• Summarise the issues
• Ask them what they plan to do
• Urge them to take one step towards that solution

4. Follow Up
• Put a note in your diary to call them in one week
• Listen without judgement again
• Ask if they’ve managed to take their first step

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The truth is, some conversations just become too big for friends. If you’re worried about someone and feel urgent professional support is needed, contact your local doctor or click on this link to find a number of agencies that can help.

Lifeline 13 11 14 provides 24/7 crisis support