Central Coast carer wins 2016 NSW Carer Award

Alzheimer’s Australia NSW congratulates Bev Nihill, who won a Senior Carer award at the 2016 NSW Carer Awards.

Bev worked as an insurance broker for 25 years and volunteered for the Red Cross during that period, prior to giving up full-time employment to care for her husband Steve, who was diagnosed with younger onset dementia. She became an Alzheimer’s Australia NSW Dementia Advocate and started a younger onset dementia social club in Bateau Bay on the NSW Central Coast.

Described as a “tireless worker whose every moment is trying to find a better way to care for people with younger onset dementia,” Bev was presented with her award at a ceremony at NSW Parliament House by the Hon. John Ajaka, MLC, Minister for Ageing and Disability Services.

Alzheimer’s Australia CEO The Hon. John Watkins AM congratulated Bev on her award, and praised the contributions of the many carers in the community during National Carers Week.

“I would like to congratulate Bev for her well-deserved award and tireless efforts as an advocate and carer for people with younger onset dementia,” Mr Watkins said.

“The efforts of those who care for people with disabilities or chronic illnesses are vital to the wellbeing of those who are unable to care for themselves and it is important to recognise the invaluable and often unsung work these unpaid carers perform each and every day.

“There are 353,800 people living with dementia in Australia, and more than 1.2 million people involved in their care. All carers supporting loved ones with dementia give their time selflessly and deserve our respect and gratitude.”

If in need of support, advice or information, people with dementia, their families and carers can call the National Dementia Helpline. The Helpline is staffed by trained, experienced professionals who provide confidential counselling and support services.