Spotlight on dementia support

Talk. Sally Cockburn, general practitioner and health communicator, will be in Smithton next week to speak to locals on the topic of dementia.

Emmerton Park, with sponsorship from Circular Head Council, has welcomed the opportunity to invite Dr Cockburn to speak, noting nearly 8000 people in Tasmania currently have a dementia diagnosis.

Dr Cockburn has more than 30 years’ experience in clinical medicine. She has also been a vocal health advocate in media and policy for over 25 years often under the pseudonym Dr Feelgood. She has been known for speaking up about sensitive issues and championing for those who may not have a voice. These days she hosts Talking Health on radio 3AW and is still just as passionate about tackling stigma and busting myths in particular regarding mental health.

Dr Cockburn will be focusing on dementia care with topics including:

• Losing your keys isn’t dementia: not knowing what to do with them when you find them could be.

• Living with dementia: a diagnosis shouldn’t define you.

• The changing face of dementia care: maximising memories and good times.

• Changing relationships: how to cope when the person you love becomes a care recipient.

• Being a carer and why you should put yourself first.

• Spreading the load: why it’s okay to accept help.

The Spotlight on Dementia seminar will be held at the Emmerton Park Club House, 2 Upper Grant Street, Smithton on Thursday September 28. The daytime session will be on from 11.30am to 1.30pm, the evening session from 6 to 8pm. Both sessions cover the same topics, snacks and drinks are provided. For more information phone 6452 9400.

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