Opera in Melba’s Garden at Coombe

NARI and the Australian Ageing Research Foundation are delighted to announce that the Honourable Linda Dessau AC, Victoria’s first female Governor of Victoria, will be speaking at our much-loved annual event, Opera in Melba’s Garden at Coombe.

The Governor, together with her husband Mr Anthony Howard AM QC are attending the as Guests of Honour. Guests will be treated to a three-course lunch, operatic performances, and garden tours.

There are still seats available for the function on 7 March. Online bookings: https://www.trybooking.com/457130

This year guests will learn more about NARI’s research into dementia. While not a normal part of ageing the incidence of dementia increases with age, with almost one in 10 people over 65 with the condition, increasing to three in 10 aged over 85. It is the second main cause of death in Australia and the leading cause of death for women.

NARI Director Briony Dow said that despite these statistics, dementia is poorly understood in our community.

“This is partly due to stigma, especially in culturally and linguistically diverse communities. Stigma can lead to denial of symptoms and delay in help seeking as well as social isolation and discrimination against the person living with dementia.”

Funds raised will support The National Ageing Research Institute’s (NARI) research program.