Dementia Awareness Month at Kempsey Library

Media release - 1 September 2017

Some of the misconceptions surrounding dementia will be answered at an information session at Kempsey Shire Library as part of Alzheimer’s Australia’s Dementia Awareness month this September.

The month aims to make more Australians aware of what it’s like to live with dementia and the support and services available to suffers and their families and carers. The theme of Dementia Awareness Month this year is You are not alone.

Kempsey Shire Library will host ‘Dementia Myths - What are the facts?’, an information session pesented by Kaylene Parker from Alzheimer’s Australia. The session will be held on Tuesday 12 September 2017 at 11am to midday, with refreshments being provided.

Marketing and Seniors’ Librarian, Mary Williams, said for anyone in the community who knows someone with dementia, the session will provide a valuable insight into the disease.

“Dementia affects thinking, behaviour and the ability to perform everyday tasks. Brain function is affected enough to interfere with the person’s normal social or working life,” she said.

“Most people living with dementia are older, but it is important to remember that not all older people get dementia. It is not a normal part of ageing.

“Over 70 per cent of Australians admit that they know very little about dementia and almost half of the population do not realise that it can be fatal.”

For more information about the session, or to secure a spot, please contact the Library on 6566 3210 or e-mail kempsey.library@kempsey.nsw.gov.au