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2 in 3 New Zealanders will be affected by dementia in some way throughout their lifetime; the impact of dementia is so much wider than just those diagnosed. That’s why this July, Dementia Auckland will again be collecting outside Countdown branches across Auckland to raise money that will help them to support carers of people with dementia.

 

Being a carer for someone with dementia can be challenging, and while the bulk of the strain lies on those with a dementia diagnosis, carers also require support and assistance from time to time, to ensure they can maintain their support without undue strain and difficulty.

Dementia Auckland is looking for volunteers to collect donations outside Countdown branches from 30 June - 2 July. The money raised goes towards our comprehensive range of dementia support services for more than 1,600 people living with dementia. These services provide information, education and on-going dementia support for those living with dementia and their carers and communities.

If you’re interested in helping support Dementia Auckland (and the work we do for people with dementia and their carers) by volunteering outside your local Countdown from 30 June - 2 July, contact Sarah Knight on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

We especially need more helpers on Sunday the 2nd of July. Even two hours of your support would be a huge help!

 

 

It's hard to imagine a comedy show about dementia, but British comedian Gordon Southern has done just that, with his one hour stand-up show Long Story Short. In it, he focuses on the experience of dealing with his dad's dementia in a light-hearted and poignant way.

Read more about Gordon's take on writing comedy about dementia here.

Gordon Southern - Long Story Short; Comedy About Dementia

Long Story Short is a beautiful show about families, day trips, and how you shouldn’t always meet your heroes. A joke packed narrative that swoops between Edinburgh and Wellington, with a funny and moving look at Alzheimers and Dementia this is comedy for the heart and the head. It's being performed right here in Auckland as part of the 2017 NZ International Comedy Festival powered by Flick Electric Co. 

"This is a fast, smart and very funny show"★★★★ – Edinburgh Fest Magazine, UK

“Comedy that hits you right between the eyes" – Dominion Post, NZ

“One of the most talented comedians on tour at the moment”★★★★1/2   – The West Australian

Gordon Southern: Long Story Short

Dates: Tue 3 – Sat 7 May, 7pm
Venue: Vault at Q
Tickets: $20 – $26
Bookings: comedyfestival.co.nz // Q Theatre Box Office // 09 309 9771

 

Some of you may have seen in our most recent edition of Mind Matters our call out for twiddles - knitted blankets or tubes with beads, buttons, toys, ribbons or other trimmings attached to them. They provide a warm and calming distraction for busy or agitated hands. One of our amazing volunteers, Carol, has been making some of her very own twiddles for Dementia Auckland clients to try, and asked for others to join the twiddle team. The response has been outstanding, and we were thrilled to deliver our first batch of twiddles to Selwyn Village recently. 

Says Carol, "I am very pleased that we started our twiddles journey at Lavender Cottage. It was so good to get some positive feedback, encouragement and ideas for what day respite centres need." 

Twiddles, in various forms, are being used with great success by people living with dementia all over the world. Donated by keen knitters for the use of those with dementia, either in their home or in care facilities, twiddles are not yet widely used in New Zealand, however we believe they could be a beneficial tool.

We would love to donate more to Selwyn Village and other care facilities, so would love any knitters (expert or beginner) to donate some. Carol has patterns available, or you can creatively come up with your own. Alternatively, we would love to receive donations of the following:

  • Large bright buttons and trinkets that can safely and firmly be sewn onto our Twiddles 
  • Double knitting wool of any kind
  • Really soft small soft toys
  • Medium sized soft toys that are extremely soft, flexible and fluffy

For more information, or to help, contact our Volunteer Coordinator Sarah at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

The Central Leader and East & Bays Courier featured our very own Maria Co this week. Maria's just about to take over our Carer Education programme, and has been working as a key worker with us for several years. To read the article, along with the rest of this issue of the East & Bays Courier, visit Neighbourly.

 

 

 
 

We were thrilled to be featured in the North Shore Times and Stuff recently thanks to the generous efforts of Gemma Cappel, who, after taking part in the search for Pat Wearn, has started creating "Hope Candles" to raise awareness and funds for Dementia Auckland. Gemma sells pillar candles for $25 and candles in a glass jar for $15 and kindly donates 20% of that to our organisation, already raising over $220. To order a candle, contact Gemma on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on 021 303 654.

To find out more about Gemma and Hope Candles, visit Stuff.co.nz

 

Recently we were invited to speak to many media outlets about the importance of wearing a GPS tracking device. Many people with dementia have a tendency to wander, and aren’t always able to find their way home easily. They can become disoriented, even in familiar places, and may not always remember their name or address.

If you are concerned about elderly neighbours or loved ones with dementia who go walking by themselves, we would suggest contacting WanderSearch, who have created a simple radio frequency tracking system for people living with a cognitive impairment. See wandersearch.org.nz for more details.

 

Below are a couple of the media outlets we were featured in:

One News

Stuff

 

 

 

This month's Super Seniors blog post – under our new Dementia Auckland moniker, of course – talks about ways that you can help protect yourself from dementia. Certainly worth a read, we think!

 
 

This month on the Super Seniors blog, we talked about tips for visiting those with dementia.
 

This weekend, 'Rhythm of Chinese Guzheng' will be firing up listeners at Takapuna's PumpHouse theatre. Takapuna's famously home to The Memory Shop, the Alzheimers Auckland Charitable Trust op shop – but this weekend, it's home to a new kind of AACT fundraising! Check out this article on Stuff – key worker (and event organiser) Zhi Chen and performer Lin Zheng are interviewed. Not one to miss out on.