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Dementia & the Festive Season

How you can help the people you know living with dementia during the festive season With Christmas fast approaching, we might be feeling rather caught up in the hustle and bustle of end of year activities. But it’s also an important time to slow down and think about the people …

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The latest groundbreaking initiative from Aria Gardens

Following on from the phenomenal achievements of being awarded the 2014 national Excellence in Care (Community Connections) award and the WDHB Care Excellence Award for Compassionate Patient Support, Aria Gardens has recently been featured on the TV3 news programme ‘Newsworthy’ for their latest world first initiative “Creativity in the Community”.  …

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My Friend’s has Alzheimer’s Disease

Margaret was upset.   She explained that her best friend, Mary, hadn’t been herself for months. Mary had missed their regular lunches together on more than one occasion, and last week had stopped in the middle of making a cup of tea, totally confused about what she was doing. Eventually, …

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Creating Dementia Friendly Environments

People often ask me – what can we do about dementia? How will the health system manage. With 44 million people already living with dementia and ageing societies worldwide, dementia is truly a global challenge. By 2030, the number of people with dementia is projected to increase to 76 million. …

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Dementia Friendly Physical Environments: Tips

Supporting people with dementia to live well requires adapting the environment to meet their changing experience of the world.  A key part of any environment is the people who inhabit it but it is also useful to think about aspects of the physical environment that can sometimes be easily changed …

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