Mikayla Brown

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Pop, this is for you.

I’m challenging myself along with my immediate family to complete a 42km walk to raise funds to support people with dementia.

Please help me reach my goal by making a donation or simply spreading awareness. It only takes a minute and any amount you can give will go a long way to fund medical and social research and support the vital services, support groups and education programs that Dementia Australia provides to people living with dementia, their families and carers.

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Dementia Week 2020

Thursday 24th Sep
During Dementia Week 2020 I have posted a couple of things to facebook, please find below what both of those posts entailed 

21st September 2020
Today is the beginning of Dementia Australia’s ‘Dementia Action Week’ 2020.
Just over 2 years ago we lost my beautiful pop to dementia, more specifically Lewy Body Dementia. Lewy Body disease is caused by the death of nerve cells in the brain and at the current time there is no known cause.
The general symptoms of lewy body disease include difficulties with concentration and attention, visual hallucinations, tremors/stiffness similar to Parkinson’s disease, and fluctuations in mental state (i.e lucid and clear at one time and disoriented and confused at another).
Lewy body disease differs from Alzheimer’s in that the progression of the disease is usually more rapid with the average lifespan after onset of symptoms about 7 years.
This week is about raising awareness and providing education about dementia, while acknowledging the severity of the collection of diseases and the impact it has on both the individual and their families. Through opening up about my experience with dementia, I hope to inform those also looking after a loved one, as well as to help those who have not been affected understand that dementia is more than just forgetting things.
Please click on the link below to see what my family and I are doing to help, and to see how you can get involved.

24th September 2020:
‘A little support makes a lot of difference’ is the motto of Dementia Action Week 2020.
With so many people and families impacted now, and in the future, it is vital that misconceptions about dementia are cleared and education is provided to ensure that people living with dementia can continue to have a high quality of life many years after diagnosis.
Living with dementia impacts people in many different ways ranging from changes in their memory, intellect, physical function and social skills. This unfortunately also leads to changes in how people relate to these individuals. People might stop talking to them or start treating them differently. From personal experience, while dementia affected my pop’s memory, his ability to communicate easily and eventually his cognitive ability. It in no way changed who he was, or his love to make the people around him laugh. While my family had to adjust from initial diagnosis and him living at home, to moving into higher care, we did our best to keep our family dynamic constant, to include him in conversation, to play the music that he liked, and to try to look at all the obstacles in a light hearted manner. This was not easy, yet I truly believe pop was grateful for our efforts, for some normalcy, and not letting dementia define who he was.
For more information, please reach out to Dementia Australia help-sheets, or if you need a conversation on a more personal level do not hesitate to message me.
Once again, ‘a little support makes a lot of difference’ and if you would like to get involved please click on the link. For all those that have supported this cause and continue to support me, I am forever grateful.

The Training Begins

Thursday 17th Sep
We have officially begun training! Started off with a small 4-5km walk to see how Dad's old bones would do ;) Luckily, his hip held out and I didn't have to drag him back up the hill. Looks like we are well on our way to walk the 42km at the end of October. I will be posting more details soon and potentially creating an event for people to get more involved so watch this space! 

Dementia is currently the second leading cause of death in Australia, with an estimated 459, 000 people living with dementia in 2020. Currently, without a medical breakthrough this number is expected to rise to 590, 000 in 8 years. These numbers of cause do not account for carers and families also affected. 

Dementia Action Week 2020 is from the 21-27th of September and 'a little support makes a lot of difference!' so just a reminder if you have a spare $5 to donate to Dementia Australia please click on the donating link, if not but you would like to get involved or would like some more information please don't hesitate to message me. 

During Dementia Action Week I will also be making posts telling my families experience with dementia as well as including valuable information on Dementia in general to hopefully assist those people wanting to know more information or those concerned about a loved one.

Thank you for your gift

$200

Peter Ellsmore & Associates Pty Ltd

$104.40

Susan And Peter Brown

Great cause, thank you Mikayla. Maybe we can walk some of the way with you

$78.30

Shaun Brown

Your Pop would be very proud indeed. Save some money for your Dad's new hip too!

$75

Jeff Brown

Me and mum love you heaps, very proud and cant wait to do 41kms.... NOT

$52.20

Ian Brown

Well done Mikayla, give me a call if you need someone to pick your Dad up halfway around because he is slowing you down !!! I will take him to a Pub to recharge his batteries & you can pick him up from there when you are finished.

$52.20

Jason And Chris

$52.20

Michael Brown

Good luck, pop would be proud.

$52.20

Zoe Imisides

So amazing!!

$50

Nan And Pop X

$50

Pam

$50

Nan Brown

$40

Mikayla Brown

$40

Sonia Jones

Well done Mikayla your pop would be so proud xx

$40

Will Woolfe

Love you

$40

Steve Walker

Great cause Mikayla - if the old man makes it I will throw in an extra $10

$36.54

Rachel

Good luck. Wish I could join you xx

$36.54

Luke Mcalary

Good Luck.

$36.54

Yani Charalambous

:-)

$36.54

Luis Esteban

Good luck! :)

$35

Tiana & Sienna

Aweome work Mikayla. Great cause.

$30

Sienna & Marty

You're a legend! Love you lots xx Pop would be very proud

$30

Aunty Mary

$26.10

Paul Abba

Good luck, keep that old man of yours walking.

$26.10

David Claydon

If tour father makes it, I’ll double it

$26.10

Anonymous

Fantastic cause

$20.88

Linda Carter

$20.88

Mitz And John Perez

Good on you Mikayla and Jeff, a great cause! Protect those old and weary bones of yours Jeff!

$20

Piper Rye

Love you girl! Always here and super proud

$20

Denise Davis

Well done Mikayla. I’m sure your Pop would be very proud of you.

$20

Aunty Angela

$10.44

Leanne Ford

Good luck hope you don't get blisters :)

$10.44

Anonymous

$10

Aunty Liz

$10

Aunty Lucy