Think about it
During Dementia Action Week, 16-22 September, Dementia Australia is challenging Australians to think differently by asking 'Dementia doesn't discriminate. Do you?'.
We are calling on our communities to consider how discrimination impacts people of all ages, living with all forms of dementia and their families and carers. While the number of Australians living with dementia is close to half a million, there are an estimated 1.5 million involved in the care of people living with the disease. In the federal electorate of Farrer there are an estimated 3,927 people living with dementia this year, which is expected to increase to 5,236 by 2058.
We are asking readers to complete a short survey to help us to create an informed, national picture to better understand how discrimination for people living with dementia occurs, and what it would take to shift that discrimination. More information can be found at www.dementia.org.au/dementia-action-week.
Graeme Samuel (chair) and Maree McCabe (CEO), Dementia Australia
Thanks for nothing
I just wanted to say to the person who dumped a load of putrid mattress and base sets at the Uniting Care Centre recently that it costs $60 to take the bases to the tip, plus $52 for the mattresses. That is $112 that we no longer have to help people who really need our help. If you have any conscience at all, you can reimburse us.
Col Fitzmaurice, Uniting Church Wodonga
Instead of arguing with climate deniers, being a nuisance in public places and making unfounded claims about every weather, drought, flood and fire event being caused by man-made climate change, can someone intelligent in the hysterical Global Warming movement please promote some positive ideas on what to do about it.
Trolling the climate deniers is about as useful as peeing into the wind. Solutions please, my bleeding heart buddies. Stop making a nuisance of yourselves in Flinders Street and work on some viable solutions.
Andrew Gordon, Wodonga
If you wanted proof that Albury-Wodonga residents are shortchanged on health, you only need look the Emergency Department at the base hospital. It is so short-staffed, crowded and overworked that you have six ambulances parked waiting to get patients into the hospital. That would be every ambulance in Albury sitting at the hospital because our government neglects and underfunds Albury Hospital.
The only reason it works at all is because the staff work themselves into the ground trying to make the unworkable work and while these remarkable staff do this, nothing will be done. If the emergency staff worked normally it could not operate.