Ruby's Choice film

By NZDF | Published on: 5/8/2022

A new Australian film focusing on a family’s experience of dementia opened in New Zealand cinemas on 4 August.


The Learning List - May 2022

By Lara Hitchcock | Published on: 13/6/2022

Lara Hitchcock, Registered Nurse with the Memory Assessment Clinic at Burwood Hospital, shares a selection of dementia and delirium education resources from the past month.


On the Same Page - A Better Brain for Life

By Kristen Phillips | Published on: 19/5/2022

This is the fourth in a series of book reviews from Kristen Phillips. Reading about other people’s experiences helped Kristen emotionally and practically around her father’s illness. Her hope is that these reviews will raise awareness of the ever-increasing number of books (fiction and non-fiction) available to support and educate those of us affected by dementia.

A Better Brain for Life: Preventing Dementia and Other Chronic Diseases
(Calico Publishing, 2022)
Angela Caughey
188 pages

Order from Calico publishing here


The Learning List - April 2022

By Lara Hitchcock | Published on: 2/5/2022

Lara Hitchcock, Registered Nurse with the Memory Assessment Clinic at Burwood Hospital, shares a selection of dementia and delirium education resources from the past month.


On the Same Page - What Are You Doing Here?

By Kristen Phillips | Published on: 3/3/2022

This is the third in a series of book reviews from Kristen Phillips. Reading about other people’s experiences helped Kristen emotionally and practically around her father’s illness. Her hope is that these reviews will raise awareness of the ever-increasing number of books (fiction and non-fiction) available to support and educate those of us affected by dementia.


The Learning List - February 2022

By Lara Hitchcock | Published on: 3/3/2022

Lara Hitchcock, Registered Nurse with the Memory Assessment Clinic at Burwood Hospital, shares a selection of dementia and delirium education resources from the past month.


Quick Quiz - Stage Names

By Barry Prince | Published on: 17/2/2022

The quizmaster, Barry Prince (83) is aware of the irony of asking quiz questions of the AD community, when many of them suffer from memory problems, but explains: “My family member suffering from AD has wonderful memories about life in the 20th century, but struggles to recall what happened in the big netball tournament last week. Accordingly, I have selected quick quizzes from the archive that are focused on people and events before the new millennium.”
 
Each of the Quick Quizzes is confined to 10 questions a single subject – pop music, films, celebrities, history, and geography, for example. There aren’t any questions about politics or science – Barry says anyone who missed Chemistry and Physics at college won’t be handicapped. Most of the questions are about things that happened in the 20th century. For example, pop hits by The Beatles, Beach Boys, and Abba, and such blockbuster films as Lawrence of Arabia,  The Godfather, and Dr. Zhivago.


Quick Quiz - Christmas Carols

By Barry Prince | Published on: 19/12/2021

The quizmaster, Barry Prince (83) is aware of the irony of asking quiz questions of the AD community, when many of them suffer from memory problems, but explains: “My family member suffering from AD has wonderful memories about life in the 20th century, but struggles to recall what happened in the big netball tournament last week. Accordingly, I have selected quick quizzes from the archive that are focused on people and events before the new millennium.”
 
Each of the Quick Quizzes is confined to 10 questions a single subject – pop music, films, celebrities, history, and geography, for example. There aren’t any questions about politics or science – Barry says anyone who missed Chemistry and Physics at college won’t be handicapped. Most of the questions are about things that happened in the 20th century. For example, pop hits by The Beatles, Beach Boys, and Abba, and such blockbuster films as Lawrence of Arabia,  The Godfather, and Dr. Zhivago.


Quick Quiz - Christmas

By Barry Prince | Published on: 18/12/2021

The quizmaster, Barry Prince (83) is aware of the irony of asking quiz questions of the AD community, when many of them suffer from memory problems, but explains: “My family member suffering from AD has wonderful memories about life in the 20th century, but struggles to recall what happened in the big netball tournament last week. Accordingly, I have selected quick quizzes from the archive that are focused on people and events before the new millennium.”
 
Each of the Quick Quizzes is confined to 10 questions a single subject – pop music, films, celebrities, history, and geography, for example. There aren’t any questions about politics or science – Barry says anyone who missed Chemistry and Physics at college won’t be handicapped. Most of the questions are about things that happened in the 20th century.


On the Same Page - Contented Dementia Book Review

By Kristen Phillips | Published on: 9/12/2021

This is the second in a series of book reviews from Kristen Phillips. Reading about other people’s experiences helped Kristen emotionally and practically around her father’s illness. Her hope is that these reviews will raise awareness of the ever-increasing number of books (fiction and non-fiction) available to support and educate those of us affected by dementia.

Contented Dementia
(Vermilion, Random House, 2009)
Oliver James
286 pages

‘Today, I know that the disability created by dementia does not have to be hellish, that it truly is possible to create well-being for the rest of the person’s life.’
(Introduction p1)


Quick Quiz - Art

By Barry Prince | Published on: 24/11/2021

The quizmaster, Barry Prince (83) is aware of the irony of asking quiz questions of the AD community, when many of them suffer from memory problems, but explains: “My family member suffering from AD has wonderful memories about life in the 20th century, but struggles to recall what happened in the big netball tournament last week. Accordingly, I have selected quick quizzes from the archive that are focused on people and events before the new millennium.”
 
Each of the Quick Quizzes is confined to 10 questions a single subject – pop music, films, celebrities, history, and geography, for example. There aren’t any questions about politics or science – Barry says anyone who missed Chemistry and Physics at college won’t be handicapped! Most of the questions are about things that happened in the 20th century.

 


Quick Quiz - USA

By Barry Prince | Published on: 14/11/2021

The Quizmaster, Barry Prince (83) is aware of the irony of asking quiz questions of the AD community, when many of them suffer from memory problems, but explains: “My family member suffering from AD has wonderful memories about life in the 20th century, but struggles to recall what happened in the big netball tournament last week. Accordingly, I have selected quick quizzes from the archive that are focused on people and events before the new millennium.”
 
Each of the Quick Quizzes is confined to 10 questions a single subject – pop music, films, celebrities, history, and geography, for example. There aren’t any questions about politics or science – Barry says anyone who missed Chemistry and Physics at college won’t be handicapped. Most of the questions are about things that happened in the 20th century.


Quick Quiz - Movies

By Barry Prince | Published on: 14/11/2021

The Quizmaster, Barry Prince (83) is aware of the irony of asking quiz questions of the AD community, when many of them suffer from memory problems, but explains: “My family member suffering from AD has wonderful memories about life in the 20th century, but struggles to recall what happened in the big netball tournament last week. Accordingly, I have selected quick quizzes from the archive that are focused on people and events before the new millennium.”
 
Each of the Quick Quizzes is confined to 10 questions a single subject – pop music, films, celebrities, history, and geography, for example. There aren’t any questions about politics or science – Barry says anyone who missed Chemistry and Physics at college won’t be handicapped. Most of the questions are about things that happened in the 20th century.


The Learning List - November 2021

By Lara Hitchcock | Published on: 14/11/2021

Lara Hitchcock, Registered Nurse with the Memory Assessment Clinic at Burwood Hospital, shares a selection of dementia and delirium education resources from the past month.


New online support resource for carers

By Kathy Peri | Published on: 3/11/2021

Caring for someone living with dementia can be both very rewarding and extremely stressful, mentally and physically. Becoming emotionally involved as a carer means we take our role very seriously, but that dedication can also lead to us devoting more time and energy to the person they are supporting than to themselves.

That’s why it is so important that care partners have access to good support services and resources. The Alzheimers NZ,  Dementia Learning Centre have developed a new online Caring for the Carers programme that helps care partners take better care of themselves. 


On the Same Page - The ACB with Honora Lee Book Review

By Kristen Phillips | Published on: 3/11/2021

This is the first in a series of book reviews from Kristen Phillips. Reading about other people’s experiences helped Kristen emotionally and practically around her father’s illness. Her hope is that these reviews will raise awareness of the ever-increasing number of books (fiction and non-fiction) available to support and educate those of us affected by dementia.


COVID vaccinations and dementia

By Matthew Croucher | Published on: 29/10/2021

What’s the story about the dementia and the COVID vaccine in New Zealand – is it safe? Dr Matthew Croucher discusses the evidence.


The Learning List - October 2021

By Lara Hitchcock | Published on: 14/10/2021

Lara Hitchcock, Registered Nurse with the Memory Assessment Clinic at Burwood Hospital, shares a selection of dementia and delirium education resources from the past month.


The Learning List - September 2021

By Lara Hitchcock | Published on: 14/9/2021

Lara Hitchcock, Registered Nurse with the Memory Assessment Clinic at Burwood Hospital, shares a selection of dementia and delirium education resources from the past month.


The Learning List - August 2021

By Laura Hitchcock | Published on: 14/8/2021

Lara Hitchcock, Registered Nurse with the Memory Assessment Clinic at Burwood Hospital, shares a selection of dementia and delirium education resources from the past month.


The Learning List - July 2021

By Lara Hitchcock | Published on: 14/7/2021

Lara Hitchcock, Registered Nurse with the Memory Assessment Clinic at Burwood Hospital, shares a selection of dementia and delirium education resources from the past month.


The Learning Link - May 2021

By Lara Hitchcock | Published on: 14/5/2021

Lara Hitchcock, Registered Nurse with the Memory Assessment Clinic at Burwood Hospital, shares a selection of dementia and delirium education resources from the past month.


Researching views on assisted dying

By Deborah Balmer and colleagues | Published on: 9/7/2020

Dr Rosemary Frey, Dr Deborah Balmer, and Ms Katherine Nelson from the University of Auckland are seeking people aged 60+ to answer a questionnaire on views about assisted dying.


Safer walking

By Clare Teague | Published on: 9/7/2020

Clare Teague from LandSAR (Land Search And Rescue New Zealand ) discusses the importance of safe walking for people living with dementia and New Zealand's own Wandatrack programme.


Person-centred care and Tom Kitwood’s legacy

By Matthew Croucher | Published on: 23/6/2020

Dr Matthew Croucher reviews the new edition of Tom Kitwood's influential book "Dementia Reconsidered.  The Person Comes First".


"Give them the information that they need to go forward.”

By Lara Hitchcock | Published on: 13/5/2020

Memory clinic nurse Lara Hitchcock asked people living with dementia and their supporters about what information they wanted at diagnosis. Here Lara shares the results of her study.

 


Head injury and dementia

By Chris Perkins | Published on: 13/5/2020

Dr Chris  Perkins  highlights the increased risk of dementia associated with head injuries.


Talking about dementia

By Chris Perkins | Published on: 13/5/2020

Dr Chris Perkins wonders why it is still so hard to talk about dementia.


Alternative therapies

By Chris Perkins | Published on: 13/5/2020

Dr Chris Perkins discusses some of the alternative medicines that have been suggested as being useful for dementia.


Why poetry works for people living with dementia

By Julie Bourla | Published on: 13/5/2020

Julie Bourla discusses how poetry is an excellent way of connecting people, and has shown itself to be a powerful approach to reconnecting with people who are having difficulty communicating.


Voting and dementia

By Chris Perkins | Published on: 13/5/2020

Dr Chris Perkins discusses how voting is a form of civic participation for people living with dementia to be encouraged.


Intellectual disability and dementia

By Shereen Moloney | Published on: 13/5/2020

Shereen Moloney, NZ Dementia Foundation Executive Director  discusses the  importance of recognising the growing group of people living with a dual diagnosis of intellectual disability and dementia.


We can't just do what we have always done

By Shereen Moloney | Published on: 30/4/2020

Shereen Moloney, the Executive Director of the New Zealand Dementia Foundation, calls for the resources to help people living with dementia to live well.