Holy Family Primary School is putting its ‘Hands Up To Fight Dementia’ for Dementia Awareness Week.
The school in Mount Waverley has teamed up with Alzheimer’s Australia Vic to create a banner which proclaims loudly and brightly that the students are putting their hands up to fight dementia.
Students have been learning about dementia and have hand-stamped in bright colours and written all over it the reasons why they are fighting it.
There are messages for grandparents, family friends or even that they are fighting for a cure.
The project aims to communicate important messages to school children helping to raise awareness about dementia and to assist teachers in initiating discussion about it.
Each year in September Alzheimer’s Australia hosts ‘Dementia Awareness Week’ which aims to educate the community about dementia and the services it provides.
In 2013 the week will run from September 16-22, encompassing a range of activities across Victoria and Australia.
More than 320,000 Australians are living with dementia – and this amount is projected to reach almost 900,000 by 2050. It is Australia’s third leading cause of death and there is no cure.
Dementia needs to be a priority for all Australians, regardless of age, through education, generating awareness and promoting discussion.
For more information about Dementia Awareness Week activities visit www.fightdementia.org.au/vic