Beloved Aussie duo, The Veronicas have raised their voices in support of Dementia Australia. Sisters Jessica and Lisa Origliasso were named Dementia Australia’s newest Ambassadors at an event at Parliament House on 27 June.
The sisters have personally experienced the uncompromising difficulty and sadness dementia has on life when their mother Colleen was misdiagnosed. Originally told she had anxiety and depression, the diagnosis of Lewy Body Dementia came four years later. With their mother now in 24 hour care, the pop duo wants to focus on promoting education and early diagnosis for 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.”
The CEO of Dementia Australia – Maree McCabe has welcomed the sisters as 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.“The lack of understanding about dementia in the community and impacts on the quality of life and healthcare outcomes for people living with dementia, their families and carers.
Dementia Australia along with The Veronicas is encouraging all Members of Parliaments across the country to become a Dementia Friend – a social movement which encourages awareness throughout the community.
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