Dementia Awareness Month 2016 - NSW

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

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 events are listed below or available on the Dementia Awareness Month 2016 Calendar

A series of posters have been developed to support the theme through messages aiming to dispel myths and raise awareness of dementia. They can be accessed by clicking on the links below:

  1. 1.2 million Australians are dementia carers
  2. Life does not end with a dementia diagnosis (1)
  3. If you are worried about dementia...
  4. If you would like to understand more about dementia...
  5. Life does not end with a dementia diagnosis (2)
  6. You can live well with dementia
  7. If you are living with dementia... (1)
  8. If you are living with dementia... (2)
  9. More than 353 800 Australians are living with dementia (1)
  10. More than 353 800 Australians are living with dementia (2)

The Events planned for Dementia Awareness Month 2016 are:

End of life planning and care in dementia - free public forum

  • Wednesday 28 September
  • 9.30am - 12.30pm General Public and Carers
  • 9.30am - 3.45pm Health care workers
  • Western Sydney University Building, Blacktown Hospital, 18 Blacktown Rd, Blacktown
  • Read the flyer or register

Healthy Ageing and Dementia Forum

  • Wednesday 28 September
  • Time to be confirmed
  • 3 Bridges Community, 23 St Georges Rd, Penshurst
  • To find out more or register, contact 1300 327 434 or email 

Understanding Dementia - free community presentation

  • Friday 30 September
  • 9.30am - 12.00pm
  • Scalabrini Village Griffith, 650 Oakes Rd, Yoogali
  • For more information or to register contact Emilio Aramini 02 6960 2210

Healthy Ageing and Dementia (Hindi & Punjabi Speaking)

  • Friday 30 September 
  • 10.00am - 12.00pm
  • Toongabbie Community Centre, Targo Rd, Toongabbie
  • ​Limit of 50 people, bookings essential
  • Find out more or register. Ph 02 8875 4663

Healthy brain ageing and dementia friendly communities - free public forum

  • Friday 30 September
  • 10.30am - 12.30 pm
  • River Room, Twin Towns Club, Wharf St, cnr. Boundary St, Tweed Heads, NSW
  • To find out more read the flyer, email us or Ph 02 6584 7444