It’s (drug use af­fect­ing fam­i­lies) ab­so­lutely dis­gust­ing. Chil­dren don’t choose which fam­ily they go to but a par­ent chooses to have a child, so the par­ents should also choose to give their kids all they can in life or give them up.

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS -

– JES­SICA JOHN­SON they don’t go to school grubby, and it does not show that their par­ents are us­ing.

The gov­ern­ment is not do­ing enough in re­gards to treat­ment cen­tres, and stop­ping this stuff from hit­ting the streets.

They need to find the top deal­ers that are spread­ing this stuff.

Who is get­ting paid for these drugs into our coun­try. GRETHA WITSEN,

via Face­book “younger on­set de­men­tia” and as our pop­u­la­tion ages and the preva­lence of de­men­tia in­creases, that fig­ure is pro­jected to jump to more than 9020 by 2020.

Younger peo­ple di­ag­nosed with de­men­tia face a com­pletely dif­fer­ent set of pro­fes­sional and fam­ily re­lated is­sues.

They may still be pay­ing off a mort­gage. And, if their work­ing life is un­ex­pect­edly cut short, there will be a host of fi­nan­cial im­pli­ca­tions.

The Younger On­set De­men­tia Key Worker Pro­gram, which launched in 2013, is an ini­tia­tive giv­ing in­di­vid­u­alised sup­port and in­for­ma­tion to peo­ple un­der the age of 65 who are liv­ing with de­men­tia, their fam­i­lies and car­ers.

One-on-one sup­port is a key part of the ini­tia­tive and is some­thing that no other pro­gram in Aus­tralia of­fers to peo­ple liv­ing with younger on­set de­men­tia.

I would like to high­light to your read­ers the great suc­cess of this Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment-funded pro­gram which has sup­ported more than 700 peo­ple in NSW since its in­cep­tion.

How­ever, there is con­cern about the fu­ture of this highly suc­cess­ful and unique pro­gram be­yond July next year.

Our hope is that this vi­tal pro­gram not only con­tin­ues to pro­vide much-needed sup­port, but also ex­pands sig­nif­i­cantly.

JOHN WATKINS, Alzheimer’s Aus­tralia

chief ex­ec­u­tive

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