News and updates from Alzheimers NZ - November 2023

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Alzheimers News – November 2023

Programme now available for next one-day event

Repositioning Dementia: Seeking solutions will showcase what the sector can do to support people and their whānau living with dementia mate wareware in Aotearoa New Zealand. We’ve shared a draft of the programme for the event, which will be held on Thursday 21 March 2024 in Auckland and online! It will also mark Brain Awareness Month. Registrations will open shortly so watch this space!

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Ready when you are, Minister!

We’re sitting tight for the new Government to be in place, just like the rest of the sector. We’ll then send the joint Briefing to the Incoming Minister (BIM) we’ve prepared with Dementia NZ to the new Minister of Health, before we share it with you. In the meantime, check out the latest episode of Paddy Gower Has Issues which focuses on the impact of dementia mate wareware across Aotearoa New Zealand, and features one of our Lived Experience Advisory Group members.

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Challenges echoed in Asia Pacific region

Many of the challenges faced by the dementia mate wareware sector in Aotearoa New Zealand have been echoed around the region, as part of the recent Alzheimer’s Disease International Asia Pacific Regional Conference 2023. The event was held in Brunei from 26 to 29 October, hosted by the team of volunteers at Demensia Brunei. The theme was ‘Know dementia, know Alzheimers – together we can do so much’ to emphasise the importance of learning together and collaboration.

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Public get glimpse into life with virtual reality

Public virtual reality workshops have given care partners an emotional insight into living with dementia mate wareware from the perspective of their whānau. The Educational Dementia Immersive Experience (EDIE) is a virtual reality experience by our Dementia Learning Centre. Since the technology has been brought to Aotearoa New Zealand, community organisations as well as rest homes and hospitals have experienced EDIE with glowing reviews.

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Understanding continence podcast

Continence can be one of those subjects no one wants to talk about, and there are many reasons why someone with dementia mate wareware can become incontinent. Dr Anna Lawrence and Liz Childs, of Continence NZ, share different strategies which can be put in place to support people living with incontinence and where to go for help in our latest podcast.

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