The Veronicas - Dementia Australia Ambassadors
Internationally-renowned music artists Jessica and Lisa Origliasso of The Veronicas were named Dementia Australia’s newest Ambassadors at an event at Parliament House in Canberra yesterday.
Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe has welcomed Jessica and Lisa as Dementia Australia Ambassadors.
“Sharing their personal experience to help raise awareness and advocate for the more than 425,000 Australians living with dementia, their families and carers in Australia is inspiring and we thank them for their generosity,” Ms McCabe said.
“For Jessica and Lisa to speak out about their family’s experience is a powerful way of raising awareness and understanding of dementia. We are so grateful for their support and delighted to have then on board as Ambassadors.”
Like many other Australians, Jessica and Lisa’s family has been impacted by the disease, with their mother having been recently diagnosed with dementia.
“Until we went through this with our mum and started talking to others about dementia, we had no idea of the enormity of the issue and just how many other people are going through what our family is, every day,” Jessica and Lisa said.
“After four years of misdiagnosis, we were heartbroken when we received the diagnosis and found it difficult to find information about what was going on. We felt so powerless.
“But by talking openly about it, and sharing our story, we hope we can let others know they are not alone and that there is help and support available.
“For anyone who is either diagnosed with dementia, or who has a loved one who has a diagnosis with dementia, and you don’t know where to turn, a really good starting point is calling Dementia Australia on the National Dementia Helpline on 1800 100 500.”
Dementia Australia is the national peak body and charity for people, of all ages, living with all forms of dementia, their families and carers. It provides advocacy, support services, education and information. Dementia Australia is the new voice of Alzheimer’s Australia. Dementia Australia’s services are supported by the Australian Government.
National Dementia Helpline 1800 100 500. Interpreter services are available (The National Dementia Helpline is an Australian Government Initiative) www.dementia.org.au.
28 June 2018.