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The Centralian advocate Fri 21 Sep 2007



The Centralian advocate Fri 21 Sep 2007


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Nationwide News Pty. Limited

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Alice Springs


v. 61 no. 37

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20 Centralian Advocate, Friday, September 21, 2007 PU B : C A D V D A T E : 21-SE P -2007 PA G E : 20 C O L O R : C M Y K DEMENTIA & ALZHEIMERS AWARENESS Centralian Advocate Advertising Feature Supporting all people who are affected by dementia THERE are now 220,000 Australians living with dementia. It is estimated that this number will increase to 731,000 by 2050. Dementia is a progressive, debilitating disease that causes loss of memory, intellect, rationality, social skills and normal emotional reactions. As well as severely limiting the daily functioning of the person diagnosed with dementia, it affects the lives of nearly one million Australians who are involved in caring for a family member or friend with dementia. There are more than 800 Territorians living with dementia and this number is increasing each year. It can be a challenge for families coping with the progressive decline in the mental, emotional and physical functioning of their loved ones but help is available. Alzheimers Australia NT supports people living with dementia and their families across the Territory. Alzheimers Australia NT services include: A National Dementia Helpline 1800 100 500 to provide information and a chance to talk about dementia and Alzheimers disease; Carers groups to provide support, education and allow people to share experiences in a friendly, supportive environment; Free face-to-face counselling for people recently diagnosed with dementia, family carers and other carers; and Host family respite in the form of home clubs to help people with dementia to socialise and give their carers a regular break. Alzheimers Australia NT also provides education and training to health professionals working in dementia care. During Dementia Awareness Month (September 17 to October 17), look out for more information about this current issue for all Australians. Territorians are being urged to find out more about dementia to help them and their families cope better if they are diagnosed with this debilitating illness. Alzheimers Australia NTs message is: There is no time to lose. Dementia Awareness Month 2007 No Time To Lose S eek help if you have memory concerns. Early diagnosis leads to better quality of life outcomes for those with dementia. Reduce your risk of dementia by looking after your brain health Make a difference by investing in research Contact us for information, referral and advice, access to programs and support. Alzheimers Australia NT provides a range of free support services for people with dementia and their families. Alzheimers Australia NT Shop 5 Cinema Complex Westpac breezeway, Todd Mall Phone (08) 8952 9799 Dementia expertise with compassion National Dementia Helpline 1800 100 500 Dementia Awareness Month is sponsored by: 3 6 1 2 0 5 /0 8 WORKING FOR TERRITORY SENIORS COTA (NT), the Peak Body for senior Territorians, congratulates Alzheimers NT for their work in providing education about dementia, as well as support to sufferers, family members and carers. A Territory organisation operating since 1969, COTA (NT) has a genuine interest in issues that concern Territory seniors. The strong connections our staff and Board members have built with a wide range of community and government organisations enable us to provide strong representation. To learn more about the work of COTA (NT), please visit our web site at www.cotant.org or call us on 8941 1004. Your concerns are our business. 3 9 1 2 0 5 /0 8 Giving seniors their say RECOGNISED as NTs peak body for people over 50 years of age, COTA (NT) works to improve the lives of seniors throughout the Territory. The organisation supports the work of Alzheimers NT in enhancing community awareness about dementia. It also works in partnership with all other COTAs and a national organisation as COTA Over 50s, with funding provided by the Federal Government, to represent senior Australians at the national level. COTA (NT) will be in Alice Springs on October 24 to run a forum on financial hardships faced by Central Australian seniors. It will also run an information forum for seniors and gather information on issues which are important to them during the evening of October 23. The evening forum will include a report on a recent trip to Victoria with the Chief Minister to investigate retirement living options. Information about the COTA Over 50s election statement will be available. This statement is being distributed to all Federal election candidates. COTA (NT) is now able to provide free information sessions on depression to groups of seniors in Alice Springs, through local Peer Educators. Individual COTA (NT) memberships offer genuine savings on a wide range of products and services through the Ambassador Card, as well as enabling seniors to have their say about seniors issues. For more information about forums in Alice Springs, membership product, information services or advocacy work, contact admin@cotant.org or phone 8941 1004. Experienced carers help aged maintain dignity SENIOR residents can be cared for in the comfort of their own home by Community Care Services. Community Care Services carers Valma Gibbs, Susan McQuade, Julie De Quaine, Daphne Carroll and Denise Hubs enjoyed sharing their experiences at a recent gathering The aged-care assistance offers a range of services to seniors, depending on their level of need. Cooking, cleaning, medications reminders, social organisation, shopping and general care are all included in the assistance schemes the service offers. Community Care Services is available only to those who need it and applicants are assessed to make sure that they get the best quality care. Its main aim is to help senior members of the community maintain as much dignity and independence as possible. Many different types of care packages are available and can incorporate assistance of singles or couples providing both meet the care-level requirements. Community Care Services can also assist people with its flexible carer schedules. The organisation has recently employed several new carers to provide care to senior citizens who are either suffering mentally or physically with day-today tasks. Coodinator Denise Huhs said: We have a great team of carers and we always get told that our staff are more like family members than just people who come over to assist us. Our client rapport is really good and were always welcoming more carers so we can expand. Weve just had our Seniors Month picnic the other week and everybody enjoyed it. One of the most im portant things is to make sure that our clients dont feel like theyre alone. Well hold an after noon tea on the seventh of next month and our Christmas party is coming up, too. Community Care Services provides culturally-sensitive care for everyone in the community. Call them on 8953 8200.

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