Nearly everyone you talk to today knows someone with dementia, and that’s not surprising given some 320,000 Australians live with dementia, and one-third of these are in NSW alone. Without a major medical breakthrough, this number is predicted to rise to nearly one million over the next 30 years.
The Alzheimer’s Australia NSW ‘Memory Van’ is on the road to beat dementia and through the support of Aussie Farmers Foundation is able to stay on country NSW roads in 2013. The van works as a mobile outreach service and traverses rural and regional NSW, giving people with dementia and their families the information, support and counselling they need to cope when they receive a diagnosis of dementia. This is especially vital in rural and regional areas where services are often scarce.
“The majority of people we meet are carers, and they all have harrowing stories. Sometimes all they need is a sympathetic ear, but they’re the ones who really need our help. They’re the unsung heroes,” said Raimund Stienen, a volunteer on the Memory Van.
Another important role is in raising awareness and educating individuals on adopting brain-healthy lifestyles, in an effort to lower their risk of developing dementia.
Thank you to all who support Aussie Farmers Foundation; you are ensuring that wonderful organisations like Alzheimers Australia are able to deliver valuable programs into rural and regional Australia.
Learn More About Supporting Australian Rural and Regional Communities: AussieFarmersFoundation.org.au