I encourage all Australians to consider just how much their brain matters during Dementia Awareness Week this year, from September 16 to 22, by making changes to lead a ‘brain healthy’ lifestyle. While there is as yet, no cure, scientific research shows it may be possible to reduce your risk of developing dementia, or delay the onset by taking action in your 30s, 40s and 50s. Already there is an estimated 76,600 people living with dementia in Victoria.
In your own state electorate of Gippsland South, there are currently an estimated 893 people living with dementia. This figure is projected to increase to 2846 by 2050 – a growth of 219 per cent. Alzheimer’s Australia Vic has a wide range of events and activities planned throughout the state this Dementia Awareness Week around the theme ‘Brain Health: Making the Connections’. I encourage your readers to get involved and learn about how to improve their brain health by calling 1800 100 500 or visiting www.fightdementia.org.au/vic.
Graeme Samuel AC, President, Alzheimer’s Australia Vic.