Early for Early Campaign: Raising Awareness of Early Onset Dementia
The #earlyforearly campaign was started by Alzheimer's Australia Tasmania to put a spotlight on early onset dementia.
Roughly 25,000 people are living with early (or younger) onset dementia in Australia. Some as young as in their 30s.
Early onset dementia does not just affect memory but also people's ability to perform everyday tasks (such as planning a meal) and their social, emotional and financial well-being. The Younger Onset Dementia Key Worker Program in Tasmania began this campaign to increase community awareness and knowledge of early onset dementia. The program also aims to address key issues with funds raised from the campaign, such as appropriate accommodation for younger people and social support for people living with the illness.
1. Wake up early, before 7am (try and catch the sunrise!)
2. Take a picture/selfie in a great location, anywhere in the world
3. Post it on Instagram/Facebook with the hashtag #earlyforearly and tag @alzheimersaustraliatas
4. Nominate two other people to do the same thing!
Thank you for your support!
Training the brain for functional gain
Professor Jacqui Close
Tweed Heads, NSW
The National Press Club address for World Alzheimer's Day, 21 September 2016, was given by Dr Ron Petersen and Ita Buttrose AO OBE.
More information about the event, Dr Ron Petersen, and Ita Buttrose is available here.
Published here by permission of the National Press Club.
Dementia awareness month public lecture 2016, featuring Dr Ron Petersen and Community
As we prepare for the federal election on Saturday we asked people living with dementia, their carers, families and friends what they would want the future Prime Minister to know.
Here's some of what they had to say.
The Buddy Program is a volunteer service for people living with Younger Onset Dementia (YOD).
The program involves a Buddy accompanying a person with YOD to attend activities in the community and to become a volunteer (if they wish) of their own choosing (e.g., helping at a café, community garden or animal shelter).
People living with YOD often find it difficult to perform tasks and participate in activities which they once enjoyed, without some support. As a result, they may become socially isolated, physically restless, lack motivation and feel depressed. The Buddy Program aims to address these issues by matching people living with YOD with volunteers who share the same interests, hobbies, culture and skills and by providing meaningful activity and purpose to people’s lives.
Volunteers offer people living with YOD a chance to develop a supportive friendship with a volunteer in a role which is informal and flexible. In so doing, it is the aim of the Buddy Program to increase the Quality of Life of people living with younger onset dementia.”
Community cafés are organised, regular get-togethers in community spaces, most often in a coffee shop over a shared cuppa or lunch.
They are important for people living with dementia and their family carers because they provide social connection to address the common feelings of isolation experienced as a result of a diagnosis of dementia.
For more information about Community Cafés visit fightdementia.org.au/community-cafe-toolkit.