Taking care of Carers
Taking care of Carers

Dementia – taking care of Carers

Twin Towns Uniting Church is hosting a Dementia Seminar for carers and community members on Thursday 25 February 2016 from 10am-1pm at its premises on the corner Mclean Street and Lanham Road, Coolangatta.

The guest speaker, from Alzheimer's Australia (Qld), is Ms Wendy Holdaway who is a registered nurse, an aged care assessor and psychology graduate very experienced in the field of dementia care. Currently, an estimated 1.2 million Australians are caring for someone with dementia.

Symptoms of dementia are often noticed by families three years before a firm diagnosis and finding help can be a complex and time-consuming process. The Dementia Seminar is designed to be of practical assistance for carers, family, friends and local residents who may know people with dementia.

The three-hour session will be informative and interactive. It will include a definition of dementia and Alzheimer's disease and provide practical strategies for carers and friends to improve communication in caregiving situations. It will also address the issue of compassion fatigue and explain where carers can seek support and respite.

According to Alzheimer's Australia, currently 342,000 Australians live with dementia and the number is expected to increase to 400,000 in less than 10 years. Each week, 1700 new cases of dementia are diagnosed across Australia - that's approximately one person every six minutes and, at present, there is no cure.

Three in 10 people over the age of 85 have dementia but this disease is not confined to the elderly. Almost 25,000 Australians have Younger Onset Dementia and this includes people under 65 and as young as 30 years of age.

The Dementia Seminar is free - however, donations will be appreciated with proceeds going to Alzheimer's Australia.

The venue is accessible with parking on-site and in adjacent streets. Morning tea will be provided.

Please confirm your attendance by contacting Debra Pinkerton on phone 0432 140 005 or email debra.pinkerton@gmail.com ____________________________________________________________________________

Image: Source: Courtesy of Alzheimer's Australia (Qld)


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