Almost half a million Australians are now living with dementia. Three times that number are involved in their care. As medical advances enable us all to live longer, these figures are set to increase significantly.
Like so many, Rowena Howard suspected something was wrong with her father long before he was diagnosed. His vision had deteriorated, he had lost his sense of smell and neighbours reported he was driving dangerously. A doctor’s appointment resulted in his driver’s license being cancelled, but it would be another year before an official diagnosis. Her father had Alzheimer’s Disease.
Rowena completed the Wicking Dementia Centre’s Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) – Understanding Dementia and Preventing Dementia – to assure herself that she was doing everything she could for her father.
I found welcome relief listening to the filmed conversations between care givers, nurses and scientists,
I felt like I was sitting in on a conversation with like-minded people even though I was tucked away remotely on our farm.
Rowena has chosen to document her family’s journey with dementia in a series of short films to highlight the need for more support for those living with dementia and their caregivers. Read about her reasons here. View Rowena's videos here: first video / second video.
While it is unlikely there will be a cure for dementia in our lifetimes, the Wicking Dementia Centre’s research and education programs give families like Rowena’s the answers they want, and the hope they need.
Education and research contribute to maximising the quality of life for those living with dementia, help support families and caregivers, and educate all of us about how lifestyle changes could potentially prevent 40% of dementia cases.
We seek your support to continue delivering free accessible dementia education globally and improving the lives of those living with dementia. Our courses provide high quality, evidence-based education to people from all backgrounds who are affected by dementia.
- Or you can post a cheque (payable to the University of Tasmania) to Private Bag 40 Hobart Tasmania 7001 with a completed donation form ( 4.2 MB).
- Or contact us on 1800 982 600 or email Dementia.Care@utas.edu.au for further information.
- All donations over $2 are tax deductible (in Australia). Donations can be made to the Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre through the University of Tasmania.
The goal of the Wicking Dementia Centre is to provide education about this condition for carers, families and professionals to help improve the quality of care and safety for people living with dementia, and to help people reduce their risk of developing dementia. Since our first MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) was launched in 2012, we have reached over 500,000 people – families, carers and health care professionals from Australia to China to Kenya… Everyone can access our free MOOCs to help learn about dementia and positively assist those living with dementia.
Rhonda Ewart, the University’s longest serving employee, established a scholarship in perpetuity to a student undertaking Honours with the University’s Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre.
Leaving a bequest to the Wicking Dementia Centre will greatly assist in our goal to continue delivering accessible dementia education globally and improving the lives of those impacted by dementia.
If you would like to find out more about leaving a bequest to the Wicking Dementia Centre, please contact the University of Tasmania Advancement Office by telephone +61 3 6226 1920 or email email@example.com. The following information may assist with your bequest planning.
Our legal name is: Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre – University of Tasmania. Following is an example of wording you could use for your will and information for your solicitor or trust manager.
I give, devise, bequeath and appoint the sum of $XXX (written amount) (or x% of my estate or the residue of my estate) to the Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre, the University of Tasmania, of Churchill Avenue, Sandy Bay, Tasmania, ABN 30 764 374 782, for research, bursaries, scholarships or general purposes relating to the education of students of the University of Tasmania, to be administered at the sole discretion of the University Council. I declare that the receipt of the Principal Accounting Officer of the University is to be sufficient discharge to my executors.
If the bequest recommends a specific purpose, it is useful to include a simple clause which allows the University to use the bequest for another purpose if at some stage in the future the original intention should become impossible.
Should it be at any time impossible or impracticable for the University to use the funds as directed by me, I declare that the University Council in its absolute discretion may apply the fund, including capital and any accumulated funds, for whatever purpose the Council determines most closely aligns with my original intentions in making this bequest.