The significance of a dementia diagnosis reaches beyond the individual affected. Families, networks and communities have a role to play in ensuring that we provide a safe and supportive society. A diagnosis can be a confusing and distressing time for everyone.
Through awareness, education and support, it’s our mission to help improve the quality of life for those affected
by dementia – not only the individuals, but also their main support person, whānau and support networks.
All services provided by Dementia New Zealand locations to are FREE of charge. The Dementia New Zealand teams are committed to ensuring that the right support, advice and information are available at the right time.
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SUPPORT SERVICES AVAILABLE:*
* please note services available may vary - check with your local organisation
Advisory Service – one on one consultations, assessment and goal planning, home visits and telephone consultations.
Monthly Support Groups – opportunities for carers to come together and share support with others on the same journey.
Education Programmes – these vary by region and may offer Carer Education Programmes, Masterclasses and Side by Side learning. These help both the person diagnosed and carers cope by providing practical advice including developing their understanding, communication strategies, managing their own wellbeing and the various stages of the disease.
Community-based Socialisation Groups - people living with dementia can come together and socialise through walking groups, dance or art therapy, exercise groups and more. This gives carers a much-needed break.
Information and Resources - including newsletters, information sheets, booklets, and our website.
Professional Education - providing education to other professionals (including health care providers, residential service providers and home care workers) involved in the care of people with dementia. This helps them upskill to provide better services to the community.
Public talks - speaking to community groups raises awareness, provides greater understanding and assists in reducing the stigma of dementia.