Bronze Support from Jan Surnicky

15 Sep 2015

CHeBA Blog: Bronze Support from Jan Surnicky to The Dementia Momentum®


The Dementia Momentum® gained its first Bronze Member, Mrs Jan Surnicky of Rose Bay, who generously donated $10,000 in July to help advance research into dementia prevention in honour of her late husband, Emil Surnicky.

Mrs Surnicky originally intended to provide the donation as a gift in her will. After discussion with her family, she decided that donating to The Dementia Momentum® initiative of the Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing (CHeBA) now would help improve outcomes for patients faster and, ideally, prevent a rise in dementia incidence.

“We, the Surnicky family, hope that the research will soon help these patients and, of course, their families,” explained Mrs Surnicky’s daughter, Marcia.

Community support of The Dementia Momentum® is integral to its success said the Co-Directors of CHeBA, Professors Perminder Sachdev and Henry Brodaty, who expressed their gratitude to Mrs Surnicky and her family.

“Dementia affects the lives of many people in the community and current projections show that more people will be impacted unless research can identify and develop ways to act on risk and protective factors. Generating greater awareness of the disease, its causes and strategies for improving brain health are major goals of The Dementia Momentum®,” said Professor Brodaty.

To join The Dementia Momentum® or to find out more about this initiative please contact Heidi Douglass on (02) 9382 3398 or