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 Petersen 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. Dr Petersen will be discussing the latest insights and research findings about dementia and the US and global experiences in establishing a national dementia strategy. This is a fantastic opportunity to hear a world renowned dementia expert.
Dr Petersen will be presenting at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre on Tuesday 20 September.
Wednesday 21 September
World Alzheimer's Day
To mark World Alzheimer's Day, Brisbane's iconic Story Bridge will be lit in teal for the evening to raise awareness of Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia.
Support the fight against dementia and enjoy an evening featuring world class musicians and opera singers.
Customs House, Brisbane. Tickets: $160
Proceeds raised for Alzheimer's Australia (Qld) and the Queensland Brain Institute.
Friday 30 September
Professor Close will discuss training the brain for functional gain; caring for people with dementia in hospitals as well as the latest insights and research findings about dementia, and dementia-friendly community initiatives.
This is a free event conducted in partnership with Alzheimer's Australia NSW and will be held at Tweed Heads. For more information and to book click register below.