Blog: The Brain Dialogues, filtered by tag: Community

2 Nov 2022

Ageing With Resilience

HEIDI DOUGLASS | h.douglass@unsw.edu.au For the first time in three years, seniors from across Sydney were able to attend an in-house version of the Eastern Suburbs Older Persons’ Mental Health Service’s annual forum which seeks to encourage a paradigm shift in the approach to ageing. The official opening of the Secrets of Ageing with Resilience forum was made by Deputy Chair of the South Eastern Sydney Local Health District (SESLHD) Dr Debra Graves, who acknowledged the importance of the theme and its relationship to positive mental health promoting healthy communities. Professor Henry… Read More

The Reality of Dementia - A Daughter's Perspective, with Francesca Wood

HEIDI DOUGLASS | h.douglass@unsw.edu.au After losing her Mum to dementia in May 2020, Francesca Wood has a vision for society to address dementia the way we approach cancer, and for people to take their brain health as seriously as their physical health.  Following the first signs, it took nearly five years for Mrs Helen Reading to be diagnosed with vascular dementia.   According to Francesca, there was initially a lot of denial that anything was wrong, despite all signs pointing towards dementia.  “Watching the essence of Mum slowly disappear and not recognising me or my two daughters… Read More

The Reality of Dementia - A Grandson's Perspective

HEIDI DOUGLASS | h.douglass@unsw.edu.au Jackson Skirka, adoring Grandson of 75-year-old Marlene and lawyer with Henry William Lawyers in Sydney, wants his Nan to know that he’ll always be there to support her through her Alzheimer’s journey, and do everything in his capacity to ensure she feels happy, safe and loved.  Jackson, who visits his Nan in the dementia ward of Belrose Nursing Home every few weeks, acknowledges how challenging the dementia journey is – for the individual, for carers and family members.  “My beautiful Nan was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease about 3 years ago.  “… Read More

The Reality of Dementia - A Daughter's Perspective, with Eileen Hoggett

HEIDI DOUGLASS | h.douglass@unsw.edu.au KPMG’s National Managing Partner of Audit, Assurance and Risk Consulting, Eileen Hoggett, lost her beloved Mum, Christine Moloney, to younger onset Alzheimer’s disease in 2013.   Looking back, Eileen says it is hard to pinpoint the first moment she realised something was different but does recall that in the lead up to her diagnosis, her Mum stopped calling regularly and avoided long conversations.  “In hindsight, I think Mum had started finding it difficult to answer questions about what she had been up to and what her plans were for the week,” says… Read More
11 Oct 2022

The Secrets of Ageing With Resilience

HEIDI DOUGLASS | h.douglass@unsw.edu.au The last three years of a global pandemic have intensified health impacts on the lives of older Australians in many ways, challenging their coping mechanisms and consequently their levels of resilience.  The Eastern Suburbs Older Persons’ Mental Health Service (OPMHS) - in partnership with UNSW Sydney’s Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing (CHeBA) - is giving attention to the topic of resilience at their free annual forum for seniors, to be held from 10am to 1pm on Wednesday, 26 October 2022 at The Juniors, Kingsford.  The event will be chaired by… 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
9 Oct 2019

Property Industry Continues to Wipeout Dementia

HEIDI DOUGLASS | h.douglass@unsw.edu.au Senior executives from Australia’s property industry are spending the next month increasing their physical activity in the lead up to the tenth Wipeout Dementia; a surf off contest at Bondi Beach which raises funds for dementia research at the Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing (CHeBA).  45 surfers across five teams (listed below) will compete in this year’s property industry event alongside Wipeout Dementia Ambassador and 1978 World Surfing Champion Wayne “Rabbit” Bartholomew AM, with the first ever Battle Royale occurring at the end of the Surf Off. … Read More
3 Jun 2019

24 Hour Extreme Challenge for CHeBA

HEIDI DOUGLASS | h.douglass@unsw.edu.au This week at CHeBA we are Team Dr Claire Burley; an adventure-addicted scientist who is passionate about raising awareness of dementia and other brain health related conditions. At midday on Saturday, 8th June, Dr Burley will begin 24 hours of pushing her body to extreme limits in the OCRWC Enduro (Obstacle Course Racing World Championships) in Sydney, Australia. Her goal with this event is to raise money for CHeBA while promoting evidence-based awareness that physical activity has a direct and positive impact on brain health. “I have several… Read More
24 Apr 2019

Bridging the Cultural Gap - AASHA

HEIDI DOUGLASS | h.douglass@unsw.edu.au According to the Australian Government’s Institute of Family Studies website, Australia's older population reflects significant cultural diversity due to post-war immigration policies, with 36% of 65+ year olds having been born overseas (compared to 24% of people under 65 years old) (ABS, 2012b). Among the older immigrants, 25% in 2011 were from non-Anglo countries, compared with 12% from the UK and Ireland. Australia's older population will become increasingly culturally diverse, with weakening dominance of immigrants from European countries. Support… Read More