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Dispelling the dementia myths

By 2050 the number of New Zealanders with dementia will be able to fill Wellington Stadium five times. It’s a statistic that makes dementia one of New Zealand’s most pressing health challenges. While the impact of dementia on our society as a whole may be well known, many Kiwis don’t …

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Genetics and Dementia

In July, Dr Matthew Croucher, a psychiatrist of old age, made himself available to give an overview of dementia and answer questions from the audience. Full, not only of knowledge, but also insight and empathy, the session was of immense value to those who came. It covered an over view …

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New research explores the use of technology in early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s

A recent study from researchers at England’s University of Cambridge has found that virtual reality (VR) can identify symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease more accurately than ‘gold standard’ cognitive testing. In 2014, researchers discovered what is known as our brain’s “internal satnav” (the entorhinal cortex), one of the first regions to be damaged …

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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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Dementia and Communication

As a person’s dementia progresses, difficulties with conversation and communication develop.  It can be harder for the person to express what they want to say as well as harder to understand what is being said to them.  This can cause frustrations for both the person living with dementia and the …

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