Team Effort in Dementia Care – South Australian Community Awards 2016

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Had a great time with my sister (Jane) and Mum (Jan) at the South Australian Community Awards last night.

Was fortunate enough to be a semi finalist in the Carers SA – Carer Achievement Award amongst a record field of 350+ nominees. Congratulations to all the winners and finalists in each category.

It was mind blowing to hear about all the fabulous initiatives, voluntary groups, services and champions that are helping others in need.

Really pleased to get a free plug from host Jessica Adamson (who did a great job as MC) for the two dementia related organisations I am involved with – ‘Dementia Downunder ‘ & ‘Dignity in Care Australia’.

It has been an honour to be helping families, carers, nurses and people with dementia all over Australia.

I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank ‘Team Partington’ – Caring for Dad has taken a massive group effort and I want to acknowledge Mum who has been inspirational and whose loyalty and commitment to Dad is first class, Jane Partington Rodger for her fantastic efforts with caring for Dad, and Jason Partington for his unwavering support as he deals with this from a distance. Providing care also impacts heavily on our wives, husbands and kids as so much time is required to do what we do, so a massive thankyou for your patience and help.

A big thank you to my mentor Dr Faizal Ibrahim who has taught me how to give dignity & respect to the elderly and has steered my path as a dementia advocate.

Dementia has no cure and a person is diagnosed every 6 minutes in Australia. There are almost 360,000 people with dementia in Australia.

When someone is diagnosed with dementia it can impact on the entire family for up to 10 years or more.

If you know of any families or carers impacted by Alzheimers/dementia please get them to visit www.dementiadownunder.com.au

Thanks

 

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Hon Zoe Bettison MP, Minister for Communities and Social Inclusion

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