Dementia Awareness Month 2016 - ACT

Dementia Awareness Month runs from 1 September to 30 September every year.Ron Petersen

The purpose of Dementia Awareness Month is to encourage Australians to become dementia-aware, have a better understanding of what it is like for a person to live with dementia, and ultimately be encouraged to create communities where people with dementia are supported to live a high quality of life with meaning, purpose and value.

The theme for 2016 is "You are not alone" and the main activities will be a series of seminars with international and local dementia experts and key note speakers.

Our international presenter this year is Dr Ron Peterson director of the Mayo Clinic Alzheimer's Disease Research Center and the Mayo Clinic Study of Aging, both of which involve the study and characterisation of aging individuals over time with an emphasis on neuroimaging and biomarkers.



The late Major Ivor Hodgkinson (pictured above) and many other serving members will be honoured at Alzheimer’s Australia ACT Business Breakfast.  This event is about bringing together Canberra’s business and community leaders, politicians, health professionals and families to be part of a unique and powerful experience.  

This experience will be presented by our key note speaker for the event Dr Brendan Nelson, AO, Director of the Australian War Memorial. Dr Nelson will examine the stories of our veterans; the impact of war and dementia and by doing so respectfully honour our serving members both past and present.  Through the collection of these stories we will shine a light on war experiences, post traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury and dementia and the issues and challenges faced by so many Australians. 

We all need to be part of this important conversation and we need to work together to remove the stigma still attached to dementia. The real life stories from our veterans and their families will allow us to see that dementia doesn’t discriminate and it is everybody’s business.  It is inevitable that we will all have a connection with someone in our community living with dementia. That’s why you need to join us for this incredibly empowering and poignant event. 

Alzheimer’s Australia ACT Business Breakfast
Friday 2 September
QT Hotel, London Circuit Canberra
7am – 9am
Tickets $75 including two course breakfast and entertainment
Don’t miss out book your table or ticket now through
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