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Dementia and Travel

Alzheimer’s NZ says travelling with someone who has dementia or cognitive issues can be confusing or even dangerous if plans are not well thought out or if the person is not properly supported.

In the early stages, people who have had a diagnosis of dementia are often keen to live life to the full, and this is likely to involve travel.Leaving New Zealand usually involves flying, and most trips are long, with stopovers and crossing of time zones. This is stressful for most people, but more so for the person with dementia and their travel companions.

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Whose Life Is It?

By Dr Maree Todd

A geriatrician’s caring journey with her parents has been a professional eye-opener.

I have been working with older people and their families for 20 years. Over this time I have seen the love, dedication and frustration experienced by family caregivers.

My own journey supporting my father, Russell, and his adventures with our health system, have left me in no doubt where the strengths and weaknesses are! On the same day, Dad could experience the best and the worst treatment possible.

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Staying Connected with Family in Residential Care

How can you stay close to loved ones who need residential or long-term care? Here are ideas from Lorraine Pollock, who manages Bupa’s Winara facility in Waikanae.

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Dementia and Alzheimers: Video Collection

Introducing the Dementia and Alzheimers Video Collection

After Tomorrow: A Touching Short Film (15 minutes). Returning to the village of his estranged wife, James grows increasingly concerned when the sinister owner of the guest house refuses to let him leave. 


Dementia: A Parent's Wish for My Children. For children whose parents have dementia or Alzheimers.

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Interview: Dame Fiona Kidman

Hear an interview with Dame Fiona Kidman as she talks about the the joys and difficulties she experienced when supporting her elderly mother.

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A Year Ago Today

If you are supporting an elderly parent who is dying or very unwell, visit the blog of Carers World Radio producer and presenter Patricia Mitchell. 

"A year ago my mother fell and broke her hip. It has been a very sad, bumpy and illuminating journey over the last year. I have learned a lot about people: family, friends, strangers, and myself."

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Learn About Dementia and Continence Online!


Anyone can access learning and assessment about continence and dementia for free at ilearn, the online learning site of Industry Training Organisation Careerforce.

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Continence: Helping Those with Dementia Find the Toilet at Night

FindingToiletContinence nurse, Andrea Lord, gives practical tips and ideas to help those experiencing confusion find the toilet in the wee hours!

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Caring for Someone with Dementia

CaringForSomeoneWithDementiaIf you support a friend or family member who is suffering from dementia, Bupa’s helpful Caring for Someone with Dementia book is a must have.

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Dad's Magic Box!

A container filled with bits and bobs provides hours of fun for Jim Church, who has dementia, as well as providing respite for his wife, Maureen.

This helpful article was written for Family Care NZ by Jim's daughter, Pip Fowler.

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Alzheimers NZ: Helpful Information and Resources

Alzheimers NZ’s website is full of practical advice, information, and resources for those of you caring for a friend or family member who has dementia, and for people who are managing their own dementia needs. 

We’ve made it easy for you to access the many helpful factsheets at Alzheimers NZ's website … click here to visit the Resources page and choose the information sheets you feel will help you the most.

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Dealing with Dementia

If you are caring for someone with dementia, you may find this article and the related audio, video, and factsheets helpful. 

The social and economic impact of dementia

An illuminating and sobering report from Alzheimers New Zealand and the Ministry of Health shows that more than 40,000 New Zealanders are affected by dementia, and that number is growing. This will have a significant economic and social impact for us all.

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Interview: Geriatrician Dr Maree Todd

DrMareeToddWhen should you offer to help elderly friends and relatives, and when should you stand back? 

Listen to our interview with Maree, a geriatrician for the Auckland District Health Board and an advisor to national care company Bupa. 

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