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Dementia Awareness Week raises profile

25 September 2012

NSW Minister for Ageing and Disability Services Andrew Constance has praised Dementia Awareness Week and the focus in NSW on early onset dementia.

This year’s theme is ‘Connect the Dots’ and events based around leading a ‘brain healthy’ lifestyle are scheduled throughout the state for the remainder of the week.

“Dementia Awareness Week is held by Alzheimer’s Australia each year. It represents an important opportunity to raise community awareness through both large scale media campaigns and grass roots community events,” Mr Constance said.

“In April this year, Ageing, Disability and Home Care in conjunction with Alzheimer’s Australia held a Younger Onset Dementia forum in Sydney with 140 people from across NSW attending. At the forum I announced the NSW Government’s commitment of $1 million in recurrent funding for a new younger onset dementia program.”

“The O’Farrell Government is also committed to working with regional and rural Aboriginal communities to develop community readiness with existing Aboriginal specific dementia resources. Our recent resource, The Guide to Dementia for Aboriginal People (PDF), is now in its third reprint and will be showcased at a national conference in Brisbane later this year.”

Dementia Awareness Week is a major component of the NSW Dementia Services Framework 2010-2015. In 2011/12 through the Home and Community Care Program, Ageing, Disability and Home Care funded 65 new dementia projects across NSW.

“$3.4 million in growth funding was allocated to dementia related direct service delivery and $1.4 million was allocated to support projects relating to the priorities and recommendations from the framework,” Mr Constance said.

“The NSW Government is well aware of the challenges posed by population ageing and is committed to continuing improving outcomes for people with dementia and their families and carers.”

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