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55 years of tireless support

After fifty-five years and supporting over 250 people in achieving their national qualifications later, Whanganui nurse Ailsa Stewart is retiring.

Most feared, least understood: New Zealanders’ attitudes towards dementia

A survey of 1,000 New Zealanders shows dementia is one of the most feared diseases yet also one of the least understood.

Government action on dementia is “really disappointing”

September is international World Alzheimers Month but Alzheimers New Zealand says Government progress on developing a national dementia framework is too slow. This clip features Helen Doyle from Whanganui, who shares her compelling account of what it is like being diagnosed and living with dementia.

Dementia and the (silent) disco

An aged care provider puts on a silent disco for residents with dementia in recognition of Dementia Awareness Month.

Living with Alzheimer’s – and a love of music

Amrita was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's but her passion for music has helped her and her family.

Kicking off World Alzheimer’s Month in New Zealand

From rugby games to memory walks, there is plenty planned this September to mark World Alzheimers Month in New Zealand.

Secure dementia units and consent

A report raising concern about admitting people into secure dementia units without their informed consent fails to acknowledge the difficulties in obtaining consent from people with cognitive impairment and the processes providers rely on to ensure the safety and care of these residents.

Aged care staff shortages will affect people with dementia

Alzheimers New Zealand chief executive Catherine Hall is concerned that further staff shortages in aged care will put more strain on a system that is already "chronically under-resourced and under-funded".

The truth about transition: helping older Kiwis make the right decisions

Last week, INsite looked at an Australian initiative to help people navigate the aged care and home care systems. Here, we explore two new innovative programmes that are helping people do the same here in New Zealand, but with a greater emphasis on what’s best for the person. By Jude Barback.

What indoor temperature is best for residents?

New research shows significant impact of indoor temperatures on residents, particularly those with dementia.
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