Warners Bay residents to learn about wellbeing and dementia

Alzheimer’s Australia NSW is coming to Warners Bay to host free seminar A Good Life: Wellbeing in Dementia.


People living with dementia, their families, friends, and the general community will hear expert insights into some of the ways people can continue to live well beyond diagnosis.


The Hon. John Watkins AM, CEO Alzheimer’s Australia NSW said that there can be a perception that life comes to an end with a diagnosis of dementia.


“This is simply not the case,” he said.


“There are lots of things people living with the disease can do to ensure they continue to live a good quality and fulfilling life long after diagnosis.”


Mr Watkins will be joined by Professor Sharon Naismith and Dr Shantel Duffy of Sydney University Brain & Mind Centre, Dr Theresa Scott of University of Queensland Faculty of Medicine, Dr Julie Bajic Smith of Wise Care and Dave Colman of the Arts Health Institute. Dementia Advocate Robyn Ashley-Brown, whose husband Peter has dementia, will be the MC for the event.


Dementia-themed topics will include music therapy, horticultural therapy, sleep and physical activity, and demonstrations will be given on dementia-enabling environments and Alzheimer’s Australia’s immersive virtual reality dementia experience, EDIE.


In the Cessnock, Charlestown, Gosford, Lake Macquarie, Maitland, Myall Lakes, Newcastle, Port Stephens, Swansea, Terrigal, The Entrance, Upper Hunter, Wallsend, Wyong state electorates there is estimated to be 23,850 people living with dementia, which is expected to increase to an estimated 30,400 people by 2025 and 53,550 by 2056.


A Good Life: Wellbeing in Dementia will take place on Thursday 30 March 2017 at the Performing Arts Centre, Lake St, Warners Bay from 10am, with doors opening for morning tea at 9.30am.


To register, call 02 4962 7000 or email nsw.hunter@alzheimers.org.au. Similar events are planned for Maitland on 4 May and Central Coast on 15 June. Contact the National Dementia Helpline on 1800 100 500 for further information.