The National Ageing Research Institute is hosting a concert and champagne reception on Sunday 28 September to raise funds for its dementia research. The classical and popular music concert will be held at Toorak Uniting Church, 603 Toorak Road, Toorak at 2.30pm. Artists include the famous young tenor Robert Barbero, sopranos Olivia Cranwell and Rosemary Ball, and accompanist Dr David Kram. The concert is being held to coincide with International Dementia Awareness Month.
In Australia, the rate of dementia doubles every five years. NARI is renowned for its research into dementia. Some of its flagship projects include investigating the link between physical activity and dementia, the use of pain relief by people with behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia as well as brain fitness. Professor David Ames is a principal leader of the Australian Imaging, Biomarkers and Lifestyle Flagship Study of Ageing (AIBL), which is conducted in collaboration with the CSIRO.
The program is one of the few large-scale longitudinal studies of Alzheimer’s disease. To date 1,000 Australian volunteers have taken part in the program that aims to improve understanding of how Alzheimer’s disease develops. The cost for the afternoon will be $75. (This includes the concert, champagnes or wine and delicious food.)