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Dees Group
Community Groups
Mairangi Bay and Takapuna Presbyterian Churches
Mairangi Bay and Takapuna
Waitemata, Waitemata
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In April 2010 in response to a community need identified by Presbyterian Support Northern (PSN) the Mairangi and Castor Bays Presbyterian Church commenced a social group for those living at home with dementia. Subsequently a group was formed at St Georges Church in Takapuna. PSN provides the professional oversight and the churches provide the facilities and volunteers.
Community Group Types
Community Group TypesStatusDetails
Community Organisations Yes Dees is a community based group which exists to provide social interaction and activities for those with memory loss. It also provides some respite relief for caregivers.
Updated: 4 Oct 2016
Dees members are dropped off by their caregivers (Monday in Takapuna and Thursday at Mairangi Bay)and experience a range of activities including socializing, indoor bowls, Tai Chi (seated), board games, table tennis, quizzes, bingo and singing.
Updated: 4 Oct 2016
Special Features
It has been shown that running a successful social group for those living at home with memory loss is achievable with appropriate facilities, professional oversight and willing/caring volunteers who are given appropriate training.

Our experience is that that pleasure through activities and interest have very positive effects in terms of stimulation and response for those with dementia and the period of respite is very much appreciated by the caregivers.
Updated: 4 Oct 2016
Languages Spoken
Afrikaans Yes
Dutch Yes
English Yes
Updated: 4 Oct 2016
CompanionshipSelf FundedSubsidisedAfter Hours
Day Programme (Dementia Care) Yes Yes No We ask for a donation of $5 per session for tea/coffee and costs.
Lunch Yes Yes No Members bring their own lunch
Visiting Service No No No We like to keep in touch with members
Activities/Exercise Programme Yes Yes No Yes . Seated tai Chi, Indoor Bowls, Table Tennis if interested and up to it.
Other Social Support Yes Yes No Yes. Contact and advice is provided.
Updated: 5 Oct 2016