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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.

Don’t underestimate the benefits of singing on mental health

An INsite reader is calling for more community singing groups to benefit people's mental health and wellbeing.

Sprott House to come under Selwyn Foundation ownership

Wellington’s iconic Sprott House is set to be taken over by a larger provider in an effort for the independent aged care provider to remain sustainable as, like many other small providers, it struggles to keep up with costs of the pay equity legislation.

Book Review: How to Communicate with Someone who has Dementia

Liam Butler reviews a book that offers advice to those caring for people with dementia.

“The earlier the better” – dementia expert’s call for timely diagnosis

Psychiatrist of Old Age, Dr Matthew Croucher is visiting South Island District Health Boards this year to discuss ways to improve local dementia services.

New report shows New Zealand needs a national plan for dementia

A new international report highlights the urgent need for New Zealand to implement the New Zealand Framework for Dementia Care.
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