STRATEGIES for reducing the risk of developing dementia, as well as information about community support services for those suffering the condition, will be explored at a forum in Albury on Tuesday.
Mind your Mind, a community dementia forum organised by the Albury Dementia Support Services Network, will be held at Albury’s Commercial Club from 10am to 1pm.
Aged care assessment team member, Stephen McCrohan, said the free forum was open to the public in return for a gold coin donation.
Mr McCrohan said the program included a presentation by a geriatrician, who would provide an overview of dementia, as well as options for diagnosis and treatment.
The program would also provide details of community support services available to dementia patients in Albury-Wodonga, as well as information related to the provision of residential care.
Mr McCrohan said a presentation from the Alzheimer’s Association would detail some of the basic health measures people could adopt to reduce the risk of developing dementia.
Next week’s Dementia Awareness Week will commemorate 100 years since German doctor Alois Alzheimer first identified the condition that now bears his name.
The week’s theme is “No time to lose”.
Client services manager with Alzheimer’s Australia NSW Lisa Ralphs said the week provided a timely reminder there was no time to lose to invest money in research; encourage people to reduce their dementia risk; and support people with the condition and their carers.
More information is available by contacting the National Dementia Helpline on 1800 100 500 or at www.alzheimers.org.au.
The Mind your Mind forum will be held at the Stanley Room at the Commercial Club between 10am and 1pm on Tuesday.