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Dementia help on wheels

Friday, 1st May, 2015

Alzheimer’s Australia education project officers Stuart Torrence and Jenny Roberts in the town square yesterday morning. PICTURE: Emily Roberts Alzheimer’s Australia education project officers Stuart Torrence and Jenny Roberts in the town square yesterday morning. PICTURE: Emily Roberts

A ‘memory van’ that provides information about Alzheimer’s had a very busy morning in town square yesterday.

Education project officer for Alzheimer’s Australia, Jenny Roberts, said they received funding to bring the van west.

“We received special funding to come to Cobar and Wilcannia and we decided to come to Broken Hill and Menindee on our way,” she said.

“The bus hasn’t been out here for many years.”

Ms Roberts said the focus was on “Brain Matters” and story matters.

“We focus on healthy lifestyle,” she said.

“People approach us if they are worried about people or themselves.

“We can provide information on services that are available.

“A lot of people have been stopping by.”

The Memory Van is a mobile education resource used to help people with dementia, their family, carers and health professionals.

“Dementia is the second biggest killer,” Ms Roberts said. “A survey has found three quarters of people over the age of 65 are more scared of dementia than anything else.

“There is no cure; early planning and prevention is key.

“We have to work to lose the stigma around it.”

The van continued on to Menindee in the afternoon.

For more information call 1800 100 500 or visit fightdementia.org.au

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