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Our aim is to support the community through awareness and knowledge. Dementia Auckland’s education and socialisation programmes are available to individuals living with dementia, family, professional caregivers and the public.

How we help

Professional dementia Key workers

Comprehensive support:

  • Assessments
  • Home visits
  • Health service navigation
  • Goal planning
  • Emotional and grief support

Community-based socialisation

  • Keep engaged & active in the community
  • Purposeful & appropriate activity
  • Slows decline
  • Maintains wellbeing
  • Cognitive Stimulation Therapy, walking, art therapy, exercise, dancing and creative therapy

Carer Support groups

  • 25 groups across Auckland
  • Monthly support groups
  • Opportunity for carers to build support and strong networks

Professional education

Delivered to:

  • Health care providers
  • Residential service providers
  • Home care workers
  • Focus on upskilling to improve services to the community

Education programmes

  • Delivered to the person with dementia and their carer
  • Carer Education Programme
  • Masterclasses
  • Side-by Side Learning

Public Talks

  • Speaking to community groups
  • Reducing stigma
  • Increase understanding

Information & Resources

  • Website
  • Newsletters
  • Information sheets
  • Resource booklets

Raise Awareness

  • We see the person not the condition
  • This is true for both the person with dementia and their carer

Education and Socialisation

Rhonda Preston-Jones

Rhonda Preston-Jones is a registered Occupational Therapist with many years’ experience in mental health for older adults and in dementia services. She the Clinical Lead at Dementia Auckland  and a passionate CST advocate. She has a keen interest in assisting carers in the challenging role of supporting someone affected by dementia and their families.

The Socialisation Team aims to provide social activity groups for people with mild to moderate dementia, creating a bridge between people’s normal everyday activities and social contacts and the Day Programmes/Services funded by the Ministry of Health for people with more severe dementia.

Keyworkers

Located across the Auckland region, Dementia Auckland’s professional Keyworkers offer a comprehensive range of free dementia support services to help you navigate the dementia journey, including:

Telephone consultations and advice
Home visits
Individual and family group consultations
Carers Support Groups
Excellent information resources
Ongoing contact throughout the dementia journey

To connect with a Keyworker in your area, please call us on 0800 4 DEMENTIA or 09 622 4230,
or email
Our telephone support services run from 9:00am to 4:00pm Monday to Friday.

How can we help?

Dementia is a condition of growing concern in New Zealand. With baby boomers approaching a certain age and people living longer generally, we are going to see a significant increase in the number of dementia cases in this country.

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Education and Support Programmes

It’s our aim to support the community through awareness and knowledge. Dementia Auckland’s education and socialisation programmes are available to individuals living with dementia, family, professional caregivers and the public.

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Support Services

We recognise that supporting someone through their journey with dementia can at times be stressful, overwhelming and can limit opportunities for self-care.

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