Dementia Awareness Month Small Actions Big Difference Roadshow comes to Darwin

Tuesday 28 August 2018

Dementia Australia Ambassadors Nicola Stevens and Doris Younane, will join Dementia Advocates Lorna Maher, Helen Gabel and Gunter Lackner, along with Mary Ingrames, Clinical Nurse Manager, Geriatric Evaluation Management, Palmerston Regional Hospital, at the Dementia Awareness Month Small actions Big difference Roadshow event in Darwin Thursday 6 September 2018.

Dementia Awareness Month is Dementia Australia’s national awareness-raising campaign held every year.

Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe said there are more than 425,000 Australians living with dementia - more than 1000 of which are estimated to be living in the Northern Territory. Dementia is the second leading cause of death in Australia and the leading cause of death of women, yet awareness of the condition remains extremely low.

"People living with dementia tell us they can find it challenging to participate actively in the community due, in part, to a lack of knowledge or understanding of dementia among the general public and how it can impact people," Ms McCabe said.

"That’s why at our Small actions Big difference Roadshow event you’ll hear directly from people with dementia and our Ambassadors, who have been impacted by dementia, about the small actions that can create a big difference for people living with dementia and how, with compassion and understanding you can positively change the life of someone living with dementia.

"You’ll also hear from Mary Ingrames from Palmerston Regional Hospital."

The Small actions Big difference Roadshow will be at the Darwin Convention and Exhibition Centre on Thursday 6 September 2018, 9:30am arrival for a 10am start, finishing at 11.30am, and the public is invited to come along to the free event.

Mary Ingrames will talk about a new initiative to improve the safety and quality of cognitive care for at risk patients in Top End Health Service hospitals. The audience will then be treated to a Q & A style panel with Helen Gabel, Gunter Lackner, Nicola Stevens and Doris Younane.

Ms McCabe said this year’s Dementia Awareness Month is all about empowering the community to make a positive difference to the lives of people living with dementia, their families and carers through increased awareness and support.

"During Dementia Awareness Month, we are also inviting the community to pledge their support by becoming a Dementia Friend," she said.

"Becoming a Dementia Friend makes you aware of the small, everyday actions you can do to support people living with dementia to remain included, accepted and connected within their community.

"Through the Dementia Friends program, we want to transform the way we, as a community, think, act and talk about dementia.

"All you need to do is head to www.dementiafriendly.org.au and watch three short videos that explain what dementia is and feature interviews with people impacted by dementia.

"Join us and thousands of others who have already signed up. Start making a difference today."

To secure your free ticket to the Small actions Big difference Roadshow, please head here. Tickets are free but they are limited.

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Dementia Australia is the national peak body and charity for people, of all ages, living with all forms of dementia, their families and carers. It provides advocacy, support services, education and information. An estimated 436,000 people have dementia in Australia. This number is projected to reach almost 1.1 million by 2058. Dementia Australia is the new voice of Alzheimer’s Australia. Dementia Australia’s services are supported by the Australian Government.

National Dementia Helpline 1800 100 500

Interpreter service available

(The National Dementia Helpline is an Australian Government Initiative)

Dementia is a National Health Priority Area

www.dementia.org.au

Media contacts: Sophie McGuirk - Media and Communications Manager / Sophie.McGuirk@dementia.org.au / 0435 532 214 or Sifundo Kahonde – Communications Officer / Sifundo.Kahonde@dementia.org.au / (02) 6278 8907.

When talking or writing about dementia please refer to Dementia Language Guidelines.