Published On 08 September 2017 at 12:00 PM
According to Alzheimer’s Australia, Dementia is the greatest cause of disability in older Australians today. In 2016 there were 3,635 recorded cases of dementia among Sutherland Shire residents and in 30 years this number is expected to increase to a staggering 8,562. Maintaining a healthy brain is crucial to remaining well, active and independent.
“Every day 244 new cases of dementia are diagnosed. With an ageing population, cases of dementia are going to increase significantly,” said Sladana Pavkovic, Dementia Advisor at Alzheimer’s Australia.
“People need to know about dementia, how they can reduce their risk of getting dementia and what dementia treatment and support is available in the local community,” added Mrs Pavkovic.
Sutherland Shire Council has joined forces with Alzheimer’s Australia to host the ‘Maintain Your Brain’ seminar, to explore the latest research on dementia and give tips and tricks to maintain a healthy brain.
“Unfortunately there is no cure for dementia so it’s important to do all that we can to reduce the risk and delay its onset. Dementia often develops slowly but needs to be diagnosed promptly as early intervention and planning can greatly help patients and families,” said Dr Nyi Nyi, Geriatrician at Southcare.
Dr. Catriona Ireland works at The Healthy Brain Ageing Clinic, and is at the forefront of research to assess, prevent and treat cognitive decline, including dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
“Our team provides assessment for those with memory concerns and develops a management plan to optimise their brain health. This can include involvement in our exciting research trials which seek to contribute to a better understanding of how best to prevent, delay and slow dementia,” said Dr Ireland.
The ‘Maintain Your Brain’ seminar will also explore prevention, treatment and services, as well as a personal account of experiencing dementia, before they participate in some fun and simple brain training activities that will maintain and keep the brain active.
“23 per cent of our residents in the Sutherland Shire are aged over 60 and we believe it’s vital to provide information and resources to support healthy and active ageing”, said Mayor Carmelo Pesce.
Council’s Ageing Well Strategy plans for the needs of our ageing population in the Sutherland Shire. For more information on healthy active ageing visit: www.sutherlandshire.nsw.gov.au
Maintain Your Brain - Dementia Seminar
When: 9.30am - 12.30pm, Thursday, 21 September 2017
RVSP Online: www.sutherlandshire.nsw.gov.au/dementia or phone 9710 0333
RSVP essential. Limited places available.
- Sladana Pavkovic, Dementia Advisor Alzheimer’s Australia
- Dr Nyein Nyein Nyi Nyi, Geriatrician, Southcare
- Dr Catriona Ireland, Healthy Brain Ageing Clinic, Sydney University
- Kylie Radford, Neuroscience Research Australia
- Elaine Reynolds, personal experience of dementia