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Thanks for the support

I WOULD like to make public my thanks and appreciation to all the local Moss Vale people on my mail run who have unexpectedly approached me over the last week or so, offering their personal congratulations on my election as Greens councillor for Wingecarribee Shire.

It made my mail delivery these past weeks a real pleasure.

And it will be my pleasure to represent such members of the community. Thank you all.

Gordon Markwart

Councillor, For Wingecarribee Shire Council

Dementia awareness

DURING Dementia Awareness Month, which runs throughout September, Alzheimer’s Australia is calling for greater awareness and understanding of dementia.

Such awareness helps people living with the condition feel less isolated and alone.

There are more than 353,000 Australians with dementia.

There is also an estimated 1.2 million people involved in the care of someone with dementia.

In the Goulburn, Kiama and Wollondilly electorates there are an estimated 3900 people living with dementia.

That figure is projected to increase to about 9300 by 2050.

A survey just released by Alzheimer’s Australia has found that people with dementia are almost twice as likely to have high rates of loneliness.

Meanwhile people with dementia and carers are significantly more lonely than the general population.

We hear repeatedly that when someone is diagnosed with dementia, friendships and some family relationships suddenly disappear because people simply don’t know how to interact with their friend or loved one with dementia. 

Treating people with the same respect, kindness, inclusiveness and thoughtfulness you always have is what makes a difference to them.

They are still the same person they were before the diagnosis.

They just may need a little bit more time, understanding and support.

I encourage your readers to find out more by going to www.fightdementia.org.au.

The Hon. John Watkins AM Professor Henry Brodaty AO

Chief Executive Officer Scientia Professor of Ageing and Mental Health 

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