South Perth model joins dementia fight

South Perth model Barbara Kendell is raising awareness about Alzheimer’s disease. Picture: David Broadway
South Perth model Barbara Kendell is raising awareness about Alzheimer’s disease. Picture: David Broadway

SOUTH Perth model Barbara Kendell has been featured in an iconic new calendar to help raise awareness about Alzheimer’s disease, amid concerns about a rise in early onset dementia in younger women.

After being touched by the disease in her family, Ms Kendell was one of a bevy of mature Perth models leading the fundraising drive, which has been supported by aged care provider Rosewood.

The vision began with Perth model Pamela Jackson, who joined friends and colleagues to create a 1940s themed calendar to raise funds for Alzheimer’s WA.

Realising the great number of families touched by dementia, Ms Jackson enlisted the help of friends and colleagues from Perth’s modelling industry, along with local photographer David Broadway, to create a series of photographs with a 1940s theme.

Ms Kendell said she had jumped at the chance to be involved in the calendar, which would raise vital funds.

“As health is my highest value, I was keen to help create greater awareness and understanding about dementia and Alzheimer’s related illnesses,” she said.

“I was the carer for my terminally ill mother. Mum experienced an array of other health issues, including short-term memory loss and dementia.”

The calendar will be launched at a high tea event on Sunday, October 29 at Crown Perth, where former West Coast Eagles player Glen Jakovich will share his personal story about his mother, Mary, who lived with dementia for more than three years before her death two weeks after her 70th birthday in 2010.

Alzheimer’s WA estimates there are 39,600 people living with dementia in WA and without a breakthrough that number is estimated to reach 69,000 by 2050.

Tickets to the high tea are $50 and can be purchased online at https://www.outix.co/tickets/event/alzheimers-wa-calendar-launch-high-tea.

Calendars are available for $20 and can be purchased online, at the event or from Alzheimer’s WA, 55 Walters Drive, Osborne Park or Rosewood, 67 Cleaver Street, West Perth.

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