Blog: The Brain Dialogues

12 Sep 2022

Ed Caser | Meet Our Fundraiser Series

HEIDI DOUGLASS | h.douglass@unsw.edu.au When Ed Caser read about The Dementia Momentum initiative led by CHeBA in the AFR 6 years ago, the timing was profound. It was during a month that he was attempting to care for his Mum in country Victoria while remotely running 20 staff in an investments business in Sydney – a combination that tested him to his limits.  Ed Caser with mother Mary CaserEd’s Mum, Mary Caser, has Alzheimer’s disease.  Ed has cared for his Mum beyond what most people can even comprehend. He has got her out of bed, bathed her, dressed her and fed her.  All while managing a… Read More
8 Sep 2022

PJ Lane | Meet Our Fundraiser Series

HEIDI DOUGLASS | h.douglass@unsw.edu.au When PJ Lane was given the opportunity to represent a dementia research Centre 10 years ago, the timing couldn’t have been more coincidental. The date he was being asked to stand on the podium at the launch of UNSW Sydney’s Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing (CHeBA) was the exact same date that his TV legend father, Don Lane, had passed away just three years earlier from Alzheimer’s disease. For the last decade PJ’s dedication to his Ambassador role for medial research has been unwavering. “There has been no hesitation to stay committed,” says Lane.… Read More
8 Sep 2022

Darryl Johnson | Meet Our Fundraiser Series

HEIDI DOUGLASS | h.douglass@unsw.edu.au Specialist investment portfolio administrator – Integrated Portfolio Solutions – is embracing corporate social responsibility this World Alzheimer’s Day in support of The Dementia Momentum initiative led by UNSW’s Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing (CHeBA), with Managing Director Darryl Johnson running both the half marathon and 10km Bridge Run in the Sydney Running Festival. Managing Director Darryl Johnson says the approach to run on behalf of CHeBA was timely, as he is now witnessing the devastating impact that Alzheimer’s disease has on his family… Read More
5 Sep 2022

Kitay Family | Meet Our Fundraiser Series

HEIDI DOUGLASS | h.douglass@unsw.edu.au Keri Kitay, Ambassador for CHeBA’s Change Makers initiative, is leading a family team in the Blackmores Sydney Running Festival comprised of her brothers, dad, sister-in-law Anne and nephews, in honour of Keri’s mum who was diagnosed with young-onset Alzheimer’s disease at the age of 45. Keri is running to keep her Mum’s memory alive and honour her for the incredible person that she was.   Which event are you participating in? Across the family we are participating in the 10km bridge run and 3.5km fun run.   Who is in the team? Myself, my two… Read More
15 Aug 2022

Addressing Under-representation of CALD Community in Research

ZARA PAGE z.page@student.unsw.edu.au & HEIDI DOUGLASS h.douglass@unsw.edu.au Australia is home to one of the most multicultural societies in the world. In fact, older adults from communities with diverse languages, cultural backgrounds and nationalities make up approximately 30% of the Australian population aged 65 years and above but are underrepresented in dementia research. Zara Page, Study Lead and PhD Candidate​​There are numerous barriers faced by older adults from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds in relation to accessing dementia diagnosis and care services… Read More
28 Jan 2022

Nora Wong | Meet Our Researcher Series

Helping people with dementia and their care partners move forward and live positively after a diagnosis of dementia is what drives Nora Wong, Research Officer with the Cognisance consortium. Nora hopes that her research will challenge negative stereotypes and lead to better post-diagnostic support for people living with dementia.   How did you first get into research? Students enrolled in selected undergraduate psychology courses are offered the opportunity to volunteer for psychological research studies in exchange for partial course credit. This was my favourite pastime as an… Read More
23 Nov 2021

A Thing or Two About Twins

OATS Participants
Tom Rumery and wife Elaine, with Tom's twin brother Jim Rumery and wife Jan (also a twin)
HEIDI DOUGLASS | h.douglass@unsw.edu.au Throughout history, twins have been a source of fascination and wonder – particularly the unique bond they share compared to other sibling relationships. Jan Rumery with her twin brother, John DayFor academics, twins provide an invaluable source of information, because the similarity in their genetic code allows researchers to pull apart and examine genetic and environmental influences. Twin studies have been influential in the discovery and treatment of diseases and disorders. Researchers in CHeBA’s Older Australian Twins Study have delved into the… Read More
2 Nov 2021

Helping Seniors to Keep Connected

HEIDI DOUGLASS | h.douglass@unsw.edu.au More than 400 people from around the globe joined together online for the 2021 Eastern Suburbs Older Persons’ Mental Health Service’s healthy ageing forum. Mr Michael Still, Chairman of the South Eastern Sydney Local Health District, officially opened the Keeping Connected: Social Health and Ageing forum and acknowledged that 2021 had been a complex year for everyone, with COVID-19 remaining the centre of our lives. “We are almost learning anew that looking after our mental health is vital to our happiness and wellbeing – not just for ourselves but… Read More
21 Oct 2021

Holocaust Survivor Leaves Legacy of Hope

Photo courtesy Sydney Jewish MuseumHolocaust survivor and ‘‘happiest man on Earth’’ Eddie Jaku OAM has passed away aged 101. A tribute published in AJN honoured a man who saw the worst of humanity yet remained an optimist throughout his life. Mr Jaku, who came to Australia in 1950 and helped found the Sydney Jewish Museum, shared his story of survival to ensure that the horrors of the Holocaust were never repeated. During World War Two, Mr Jaku was imprisoned in four concentration camps, including Auschwitz where the number 172338 was tattooed on his arm.  An incredible survivor, Mr Jaku… Read More
1 Oct 2021

International Day of Older Persons

In 1990 the UN established the 1st of October as the International Day of Older Persons. Since then, this day has acted as a reminder that older people must be granted the opportunity to play an active role in society, more so as the number of people over 60 is expected to reach 1 in 5 by 2050. The 2021 theme “Digital Equity for All Ages” predicates the need for access and inclusivity in the digital world so that older adults can meaningfully participate in our increasingly technology-driven world. Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing (CHeBA), Dr Katya Numbers… Read More