Jan Fitzgerald leads the Mind over Mind talk at the Tweed Heads Library.
Jan Fitzgerald leads the Mind over Mind talk at the Tweed Heads Library. Blainey Woodham

Workshop focuses on dementia

ADVICE and exercises aimed at reducing memory loss and dementia were the sources of conversation in the Tweed Heads Library yesterday.

The Mind over Mind Talk workshop was led by Jan Fitzgerald, a well known identity who has also spoken about dementia at Tweed Shire Council's Seniors Week.

The Mind over Mind event proved to be so popular staff at Tweed Heads Library had to turn residents away.

"We had 25 people come in for the talk, which is all the room could hold," a Tweed Heads Library spokeswoman said.

"We are hoping to hold another one soon because we could not accommodate all the people who tried to book in.

"Studies show that those who adopt healthy living have a reduced risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes and dementia.

"Talks like this discuss how to reduce the risk of dementia."

The Mind over Mind workshop was part of the Tweed Talks program, which is held regularly at the library.

Men and women listed attentively to Ms Fitzgerald during the hour-long talk.

Last month Richmond was ranked fourth out of all NSW federal electorates in terms of increasing dementia prevalence.

This figure was revealed in a new report - Dementia Across Australia: 2011- 2050 - which found without a significant medical breakthrough the number of Australians with dementia is expected to soar from an estimated 269,000 in 2011 to almost one million people by 2050.

Dementia is the term used to describe the symptoms of a large group of illnesses which cause a progressive decline in a person's functioning.

It is a broad term used to describe a loss of memory, intellect, rationality, social skills and physical functioning.



  • An estimated 269,000 Australians live with dementia.
  • Australia faces a shortage of more than 150,000 paid and unpaid carers for people with dementia by 2029.
  • Dementia is fatal and, as yet, there is no cure.

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