Dancing with dementia

September 12, 2016

Dancing with dementia to raise awareness

People with dementia, along with their carers and partners, are invited to enjoy some special events this month.

September marks Dementia Awareness Month, with the theme for 2016 being ‘‘you are not alone’’.

Today, dementia is part of more than one million Australian lives.

Dementia describes a collection of symptoms that are caused by disorders affecting the brain. It is not one specific disease.

It affects thinking, behaviour and the ability to perform everyday tasks.

Brain function is affected enough to interfere with the person’s normal social or working life.

In recognition of the impact dementia has on people’s lives, Let’s Dance will be held on Tuesday, September 27, from 10.30am to noon in Benalla Community Health’s Activity Room.

It is facilitated by Maeve Larkin, who has been dancing with people living with dementia for 13 years in district aged-care facilities, and the event is being held with the intent of having fun.

●Entry is by gold coin donation and more information can be obtained by phoning Maeve on 57672323 or 0405564985.

Tea dance

Alzheimers Victoria will be holding a tea dance in the Benalla Town Hall on Thursday, September 29, from 2pm to 4pm.

The cost is $5, which includes music by The Splinters, dancing and afternoon tea.

●All are welcome and more information and RSVPs can be made by phoning (03)98165784, or emailing dementiaawareness@

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