On the World stage Australia was near the top of nations for Olympic and Paralympic Games performances. On the world stage Australia is listed as 56th out of 61 Nations on the Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI). How good’s Australia’s performances?
The number of Australians living with dementia is close to half a million – a number that is set to double in the next 25 years – with an estimated 1.6 million people involved in their care.
In Queensland there are an estimated 90,000 people living with dementia.
Many people living with dementia can continue to live well after their diagnosis, which is why the theme for Dementia Action Week 2021 – September 20-26, is ‘A little support makes a big difference’.
The national awareness raising campaign will continue to lead the discussion about discrimination, which we know has a big impact on people living with dementia, their families and carers.
This year Dementia Australia will provide information and tips to encourage all Australians to increase their understanding of dementia and learn how they can make a difference to the lives of people around them who are impacted – and to help eliminate discrimination.
The good news is that a lot can be done to improve the experience for people living with dementia and carers.
To find out how you can make a difference please visit www.dementia.org.au.
Maree McCabe AM,
CEO Dementia Australia
In response to M. Beddow, Verrierdale, (Advertiser, 8/9): The Sunshine Regional Council is responsible for development across the Sunshine Coast. Roads, which had been mere single lane tracks in the past, were never meant to carry our third millennium traffic.
However, with multi-storey buildings squeezed onto small lots, which in times gone by, were largely, single beach shacks, now bring in $millions in rates. This Council sees the dollar sign and signs off on huge developmental projects, in order to accommodate the influx of those desiring our coastal lifestyle.
Consequently, David Low Way, originally part of the coastal highway for north-bound traffic before the new Motorway, never meant for the thousands of vehicles here today, cannot cope with the traffic chaos. Council continues to permit residential expansion to appropriate this one limited road connecting the coastal residents heading north, south and west. David Low Way has single lane either way access. It cannot be widened. It was never meant to carry today’s volume.
Suburbs over-populated, north and south along this limited road, contribute to congestion, with roundabouts and traffic lights the only solution. The Coolum and Coolum-Yandina roundabouts bank up this congested traffic, creating disruptions and frustration.
Council drops the ball onto the State Government’s Department of Main Roads and Transport, while raking in rates, taxes and levies from both developers and residents. The blame game continues, with Council conveniently, passing the buck. We live in “Paradise” here!