How we can help
Dementia Auckland is here to help in a variety of ways, supporting not only the individual with dementia but those who are caring for the person.
While feeling alone and isolated can be a common feeling amongst carers, you can work to cope with the emotional pressure that goes along with looking after a family member or friend with dementia.
Dementia Auckland offers a range of programmes and services that inspire people living with dementia to make the most of life - this includes the both the individual and those around them. All of these services are free of charge and we encourage anyone with questions about dementia or the support we provide, to get in touch. We know we can make a positive difference.
Our Socialisation Programme
Dementia Auckland provides a series of weekly socialisation activities for people with dementia. Available to anyone with dementia, the groups are free and are run in a variety of locations - North, South, East and West.
Carers are always welcome too, whether as a support person, or as a weekly activity that couples and family members can enjoy together.
With the aim of providing stimulating, meaningful and culturally appropriate activities for people with dementia, and respite for their carers, the Socialisation Services are a growing number of community based groups around the Auckland region. Currently in progress are walking groups in Henderson, St Heliers, Blockhouse Bay, Cornwall Park, Manurewa and Pukekohe. There is also a Glenfield activity group, Acacia Grove hobby group, Pakuranga arts group and gym group, and many more activities are planned for the coming year including; golf, cooking, art engagement, music and choir, men’s groups and walking groups on the North Shore.
f you aren’t sure the activities are for you, that’s no problem, maybe just come along to one group to experience it. We have had some amazing feedback from people who attend the weekly programmes, with almost everyone saying they would never miss their regular catch up with friends and carers enjoying the opportunity to get support from each other, or just have a few hours to themselves.
There is also a weekly exercise group - in conjunction with Integrated Neurological Rehabilitation Foundation – to help participants maintain mobility, decrease risk of falls, improve vitality and help maintain functional independence.
For times and further information about our weekly activities, please call our office on 0800 4 DEMENTIA / 0800 433 636 or 09 622 4230.
Our Professional Dementia Keyworker Service
Dementia Auckland provides professional Dementia Keyworkers, located right around the Auckland region, who offer a comprehensive range of dementia help and support, including
Telephone consultations and advice
Individual and family group consultations
Carers Support Groups
Excellent information resources
Dementia Keyworkers maintain contact from before diagnosis through till the end of the journey.
To be put in touch with a Keyworker in your area, please call our office on 0800 4 DEMENTIA or 09 622 4230.Socialisation service:
Our Carer Support Groups
Dementia Auckland provides professionally facilitated groups for carers. These support groups;
- provide practical strategies to carers
- provide an opportunity for carers to meet
- show carers they are not alone
- encourage open discussion in a safe environment
- validate the carers role
- provide opportunities to draw on the experience of others
- minimise carer isolation
Carer Support Groups run in the morning, afternoon and evening in various locations Auckland wide.
For further information please call our office on 0800 4 DEMENTIA or 09 622 4230.
Our Living Well with Dementia Socialisation Service
Dementia Auckland offers socialisation support
- One to one socialisation - the Socialisation team provides one to one socialisation for the person with dementia, either in their own home or through outings, allowing time out for the carer and social stimulation for the person with dementia. This one on one support is typically short term (4-6 weeks) and acts as an introduction to community activity groups.
- Activity groups - The Socialisation team run weekly activity groups to provide appropriate socialisation and engagement for the person with dementia and a break for the carer. These groups are run throughout greater Auckland.
To find out more information about our Living Well with Dementia Socialisation Service, please call our office on 0800 4 DEMENTIA / 0800 433 636 or 09 622 4230.
Dementia Auckland provides telephone support through our Dementia Keyworkers who are available during the day from 9am - 4.00pm. Dementia Keyworkers offer consultation, guidance, information and advice over the telephone. It can often help just having someone to talk to, someone who understands, to help ease some of the daily pressure of living with dementia and providing dementia care.
We are here to help so please call us on:
- Freephone 0800 4 DEMENTIA / 0800 433 636
- Main office (09) 622 4230
- 24 hour information line 09 634 6205
Our Carer Education Programme
Dementia Auckland provides carers and families with specific carer education support so that they can
- have a better understanding of dementia
- get practical advice on living with dementia
- learn practical communication strategies
- develop tools for problem solving and managing stress
- get information on help and support services available to them
- understand strategies for coping with the changes that dementia brings
Courses are held throughout the year in various locations throughout Auckland, covering the regions of Auckland District Health, Waitemata District Health and Counties Manukau District Health. For family members caring for someone with Alzheimer’s Disease, or another form of dementia, our education programme provides invaluable information that can be applied to every-day situations.
To find out about dates and venues for our FREE Carer Education Courses, FREE Refresher Course, FREE Standalone Sessions or for further information please call our office on 0800 4 DEMENTIA / 0800 433 636 or 09 622 4230.
Our Professional Education
Education for professionals is an integral part of our work, and includes
- Up-skilling health professionals in the provision of dementia care and support
- Up-skilling support workers
- Residential service providers
- Home and Community providers
- Tertiary education institutes
- Special interest groups
Please contact our office on (09) 622 4230 for further information.