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Successful Ageing Seminar Presentations 2012

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Living Positively with Dementia

Friday 22 June

University of South Australia Honours student, Kate Swaffer, shared her personal story as someone diagnosed with early onset dementia. Earlier this year, Kate made a touching Adelaide Fringe debut when she presented her show 'My Unseen Disappearing World' that encapsulated her battle with this form of the illness. She is a sought after key note speaker, panellist and presenter at conferences and events dealing with the topic of living positively with dementia.

Sarah Hennessy Mead from Alzheimer's Australia SA outlined what dementia is, who gets dementia, the early signs, what can be done to help and strategies to keep your brain as healthy as possible.

Dr David Evans, Senior Lecturer in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of South Australia presented findings from recent research about the challenges faced by people with dementia and strategies to support these people in the community.

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Left to right, Dr David Evans,  Kate Swaffer, Emeritus Professor Ruth Grant AM, Sarah Hennessy MeadLiving Positively with Dementia

Kate Swaffer
Advocate for Dementia and Aged Care
Presentation 1 (PDF 794KB)

Sarah Hennessy Mead
Dementia Community Educator
Alzheimer's Australia SA
Presentation 2 (PDF 281KB)

Dr David Evans
Senior Lecturer
School of Nursing and Midwifery
University of South Australia
Presentation 3 (PDF 372KB)

The Alzheimer's Australia website has numerous help sheets and tip sheets providing information and advice on the issues most commonly raised about dementia

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Osteoporosis - prevention is better than cure

Friday 20 April

Every five-six minutes, someone is admitted to an Australian hospital with an osteoporotic fracture, which often results in early death or at the very least a loss of mobility. This is expected to rise to every three-four minutes by the year 2021, as the population ages and the number of osteoporotic fractures increase. The direct treatment of these fractures makes up $1 billion of the national health budget.
One in two women and one in three men over 60 years will have an osteoporotic fracture in Australia.

Bone health is maintained in the body by getting adequate calcium, vitamin D and exercise and this seminar looked at the strategies we should employ to reduce the risk of osteoporosis as we age.

The key speaker was Professor Howard Morris, Professor of Medical Science at the University of South Australia and a Chief Medical Scientist in Chemical Pathology at SA Pathology. His talk focused on dietary strategies for fracture prevention. Dr Shylie Mackintosh, School of Health Sciences, University of South Australia complemented his lecture and outlined exercise strategy for falls prevention.

Event details (PDF 706KB)

From left: Emeritus Professor Ruth Grant AM, Dr Norton Jackson AM FUniSA and Dr Ian Gould AMOsteoporosis Prevention:
Dietary Strategies

Professor Howard Morris
Professor of Medical Science
School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences
University of South Australia
Chief Medical Scientist, Chemical Pathology Directorate, SA Pathology
Presentation 1 (PDF 1.42MB)

Exercise to build bones and prevent falls

Dr Shylie Mackintosh
Program Director: Physiotherapy, School of Health Sciences
University of South Australia
Presentation 2 (PDF 1.61MB)

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