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World Alzheimer’s Month: Let’s talk about dementia: End the stigma

September is World Alzheimer’s Month, an international campaign to raise dementia awareness and challenge stigma. Each year, Alzheimer associations from around the world unite to organise advocacy and information provision events, as well as Memory Walks and fundraising days. This year, the seventh World Alzheimer’s Month, the theme is Let’s talk …

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‘E-tagging’ – Safety vs. dignity

The use of ‘e-tagging’ devices in aged residential care in New Zealand is not yet common, but could become so, especially when managing the behaviour of dementia patients who are prone to wandering. In Singapore, there have been a number of pilot programmes using radio-frequency identification tags (RFID) or blue tooth …

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Grief and Loss Associated with Dementia

A diagnosis of dementia brings a range of changes for the person with the diagnosis and their partner/whanau and friends. Common feelings at the time of diagnosis are shock, sadness, anger and fear, or for some people, relief at having an explanation for the changes that have been occurring. Actively …

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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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Sensory Gardens

There is evidence to suggest that as mental capacity changes in people with dementia, some patients will function more on a sensory level rather than an intellectual level. The establishment of sensory gardens are a great tool to help people with dementia which can help to inspire and recover old …

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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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