Dementia

The latest Where from Here handbook is out now

The release of the latest Where from Here He Ara Whakamua handbook – which covers the Upper South Island – marks more than 30 years of what is commonly referred to as the “older person’s bible.”

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HUR fitness and rehabilitation equipment making it easy for all New Zealanders to stay fit

As health and wellbeing month continues on the Eldernet Gazette, we showcase the revolutionary fitness and rehab equipment developed by HUR, which could have a huge impact on the aged-care sector in New Zealand.

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Chef raises the bar on texture-modified food

Chef Terence Austin is on a mission – to ensure those with the eating condition dysphagia get presented with meals that look, smell and taste just as good as those served to people without the condition. People with dysphagia have difficulty swallowing liquids and solids. It’s a growing problem among …

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When did ‘walking’ become ‘wandering’?

Monday September 21 is World Alzheimers Day, an opportunity to reflect on a condition that 170,000 Kiwis are expected to be living with by 2050. ‘Wandering’ is identified as a symptom of dementia but why don’t we just call it ‘walking’? Caroline Egan of HelloCare explores why the words we …

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Ombudsman report offers valuable lessons

The Chief Ombudsman says his independent inspections of privately run aged care facilities offer some valuable lessons as the sector enters another ‘lockdown’. Peter Boshier released a report on August 18 into his inspection of six facilities providing secure dementia and psychogeriatric care, during COVID-19 Alert Levels 3 and 4 in …

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