HEALTHY brains were on the agenda in Bega last week.
An information display was set up in the Sapphire Marketplace on Thursday to spread the message about keeping your brain active.
The display was run by Alzheimer’s Australia, in conjunction with Bega Valley Dementia Network.
The display was set up as part of Dementia Awareness Week, which began on September 16 and concluded on Sunday.
The week incorporated World Alzheimer’s Day on Saturday.
Dementia Awareness Week’s 2013 theme was Brain Health: Making Connections.
The event is the national flagship week for Alzheimer’s Australia’s community awareness activities.
Bega dementia support worker Samantha Joyce said over 320,000 Australians are living with dementia.
Each week, there are 1700 new cases reported – that statistic is expected to rise to 7400 per week by 2050.
Ms Joyce said the display focused on a number of key areas.
“It’s about dementia risk reduction, general information about memory changes and dementia, and information on local services,” she said.
“We’ve had a really good response from people.”
Ms Joyce said a couple of local organisations, including Bega Valley Meals on Wheels, provided support on Thursday.
Bega Valley Shire Council’s ageing and disability services team member Jane Linehan also manned the stall.
Ms Joyce thanked Woolworths Bega for donating fruit to the volunteers.
According to Ms Joyce, the Bega Valley Dementia Network ran a couple of awareness displays each year, including at Bega’s NAIDOC Week celebrations in July (BDN, 12/7).
Ms Joyce said the next display will be held outside Tura Beach Woolworths’ on Thursday.