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“My father had dementia so I am all too aware of the impact it has not only on the person with dementia, but also on those close to them. It is important for people to know where to go to get help. No one has to walk the journey alone."
“Dementia is so prevalent it’s almost inconceivable that it has remained a taboo illness for so long. It’s not until you have been touched personally by the disease that you begin to understand just how common it really is and how many families it affects.
Thankfully there is support available for those trying to deal with an ever-changing illness. I cannot stress enough how beneficial it has been to talk to professionals and counsellors from Dementia Australia who can guide you through the often rugged terrain of Alzheimer’s disease.”
"Alzheimer’s disease can not only affect the elderly, it can also strike the young. As the people with dementia are affected, so are their loved ones and family. It's critical we fund vital research for a cure, but we also need to raise awareness about this debilitating disease, ensuring a growing number of Australians with the illness, and their families, receive the best possible treatment and support.”
“My grandmother died from Alzheimer’s disease in 2013. I was struck by the impact the disease had on my whole family but especially my mum who was my grandmother’s primary carer. I’m particularly passionate about advocating for the needs of carers and spreading awareness about the services available to support people affected by dementia.”
"Mum was diagnosed with younger onset dementia in her early 50s. From then until now, the year of her 60th birthday, where we are looking to put her into full-time care, I have been looking for a way to positively contribute to raising awareness for Dementia Australia. I am so thankful that being a part of productions like Neighbours and Play School (something that I wouldn’t have achieved without mum’s encouragement) have given me the profile to be able to encourage others to seek help or find out more about what they can do to care for a loved one living with dementia."
"I’m doing this for my Mum and for every person living with dementia who deserves to live their life with dignity and respect. I am passionate about sharing my personal experience to help others to realise they are not alone.
Since my Mum was diagnosed in her early 50s, it’s important for people to know that dementia doesn’t only affect the elderly, it can also impact on people in their 30s, 40s and 50s. It impacts the whole family.
Mum was diagnosed when I was doing my VCE and I’ve been totally there for her as she has been for me all my life.”
“I look forward to teaming up with Doris for the event each year and helping to bring the Sydney community together to raise money to help those affected by dementia.”
“My mother in law, Valda passed away before our little girls celebrated their third birthdays. Prior to these events I was naïve to many of the issues surrounding dementia. Everyone deserves to live their life with dignity and raising awareness about dementia is a small way of helping those affected with the illness to be treated with compassion, understanding and care.”
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