Updates and Events

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Our Mind Matters – by Raewyn Francis

John Campbell described Raewyn’s story as a beautiful and lovely piece of writing worthy of sharing with the Breakfast audience, so we wanted to share it with you too. We are proud to have Raewyn as a part of our dementia carer community, what a true heroine.

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Dementia Action Plan for New Zealand released to MPs

Today is a historic day with the release of the Dementia Action Plan for New Zealand.

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Virtual activities – part 2

Each week as part of our daily In Touch emails to carers we compile a list of different virtual activities. This week features a visit to Mexico, baby hippos and online jigsaws.

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Tailoring activities for people with dementia – part 3

Using the concepts described in our Part 1 & 2 articles on Tailoring Individual Activities for People with Dementia, let’s take a simple example of an activity most people are very familiar with – Scrabble or its modern day version, Bananagrams.

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Virtual activities – part 1

Each week as part of our daily In Touch emails to carers we compile a list of different virtual activities. There are a huge number of resources available, so each week we showcase a few different links and activities. Staying connected and enjoying new experiences will definitely help to pass the time in an enjoyable way.

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Tailoring activities for people with dementia – part 2

Part 2 of our series of tailoring activities talks about the challenge for carers and families in finding ways to support a person living with dementia to ‘do’ things.

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Out of sight, out of mind – for people with dementia, the coronavirus pandemic is a nightmare

The following article from The Economist discusses how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting those living with dementia, their carers and the long term effects the pandemic may have.

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Tailoring activities for people with dementia – part 1

A large challenge for carers is to encourage and enable meaningful, useful and feasible activities without overwhelming the person with dementia or making them feel like a failure. This means finding ways to modify or adapt things the person used to value or enjoy and make it possible for them to keep doing it.

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Resource: Companion Cards

Our companion cards are a really useful resource for families, carers and people living with dementia when you are outside your home.

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Resource: Emergency Support Plan

Dementia Auckland is advising all carers and families to create an Emergency Plan, both for the primary carer and for the person living with dementia that they support.

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