Inspired to Help Make Dementia More Accepted

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GWEN Simpson, Cynthia Mooney and Barbara Stackpoole, returned to Rockhampton inspired and challenged after attending the four-day Alzheimer's Australia national conference in Brisbane.

They were among 800 delegates to the conference who were asked to C[pounds sterling]take a different view'' as they listened to thought provoking addresses from key note speakers, who touched on all aspects of understanding, treatment and care of people living with dementia.

Speakers included Ita Buttrose AO, OBE, national president of Alzheimer's Australia, Governor General Quentin Bryce and Minister for Health and Ageing Mark Butler, who each spoke to the question: C[pounds sterling]Whose life is it anyway?''.

The conference also addressed the questions: C[pounds sterling]Who cares and how?'' and C[pounds sterling]Where to from here?'' through a wide variety of key note speakers and discussion panels.

As the speakers were spread across four different halls throughout the conference, Gwen, Cynthia and Barbara selected different sessions to attend in order to gain maximum benefit from the conference.

In her address Ms Buttrose said she valued the tears, the laughter and the sadness she experienced caring for her own father. …