Dementia Auckland

Dementia Auckland is a not for profit organisation dedicated to providing dementia support services and inspiring those living with dementia to make the most of life. Dementia Auckland provides a wide range of services and support across the greater Auckland region. Dementia Key Workers offer intensive support and practical strategies for the carer of a person with dementia, including home visiting, telephone consultations, and support groups. Visit www.dementiaauckland.org.nz for more info.

The importance of the language we use

by Wendy Mawson (Dementia Key Worker) Sufferer, victim, demented, senile, patient – these are terms that have been used to describe and define someone living with dementia, it is important to highlight these terms are commonly used by people around the person and not the person themselves. This could include …

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Your guide to travelling with dementia

Travelling with a PLWD (person living with dementia) requires more planning and care but is still possible for a long time after diagnosis. To make it enjoyable, plans need to take into account any difficulties resulting from cognitive impairment. Be realistic and consider what will work for them now. Modify …

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Diagnosing changes in a love one

When is it time to seek help when a loved one is not quite themself? During the holiday season you may have gotten together to celebrate the year with your friends and family. One of the great joys of this time is spending time with people you haven’t seen all …

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It’s not just the elderly: Understanding younger onset dementia

For most of us, when we think about people living with dementia we think about the older members of our community. And while most people with dementia only begin to develop symptoms after they reach the age of 65, for some people the signs begin much earlier. Younger onset dementia …

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Taking care of the carers

When you’re the carer for someone who has dementia, it can sometimes feel like your whole world revolves around them. When you’re also related to or married to the person you’re caring for, this is perhaps even more true. Naturally, you want them to have the best life possible, especially …

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Opening up about dementia

Dementia is something that affects so many of us – in fact, research shows that two out of three Kiwis will be affected by dementia in their lifetimes. And yet, so often, we’re afraid to talk about it. People in the early stages of dementia don’t want to tell others …

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People with dementia need special care at Christmas

With Christmas just around the corner, most people are spending December preparing themselves for the holiday rush. But according to Dementia Auckland CEO Rod Perkins, people with dementia have special needs at this busy time of year. “Family members or friends with dementia often require a “less is more” approach …

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Spotting the signs of dementia during the holiday season

It’s that time of year again—the weather is getting warmer, Christmas music starts to play at the supermarket, and you begin to anticipate finally seeing the extended family again (whether in a positive way or negative!). But then you notice it—something about one of your relatives seems a bit different, …

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