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Find out more about news and upcoming events below.

We had a mention in the latest issue of Good magazine as well as on the Happyzine website – how lovely is that? Hopefully you're going to join us for the Walk for Dementia too.


In the latest post on the Eldernet Gazette blog, we talked through ways to support those with dementia. Important reading for those with a loved one with Alzheimer's or other dementias.

As was expected, this year's Symposium was a riveting event, with six fascinating presentations from a variety of speakers. We've collated links and files where possible so that people who wish to refer back to presentations can do so – and those who didn't get a chance to attend can get a peek at the proceedings!

Sue Thomson spoke on Falls, Traumatic Brain Injuries, Concussion and Dementia
For information on her presentation, please contact Sue directly – either on 09 276 0044 (ext. 7844) or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Delanie Halton presented on WanderSearch Tracking
You can download Delanie's presentation here.

Blair Keenan spoke about Esprit De Vie: architecture, design and ageing research
Here's where you can find out more.

Dr Gary Cheung's presentation focused on Meaningful engagement of older people with advanced dementia
You can download it here.

Lorraine Hunter discussed Westpac’s dementia-friendly banking concept.
Information is available on the Westpac website.
Link to Westpac recent video launched last week and played at the symposium. http://www.westpac.co.nz/rednews/lifestyle/dementia-and-banking-60000-kiwis-living-with-the-illness-video/

Matt Hector Taylor spoke about BeSure Solutions
Download his presentation here.

Symposium speaker Sue Thomson was interviewed about her own brush with dementia and how that drove her to her current advocacy role.


The 2016 Walk for Dementia is a fabulous opportunity for family and friends to walk in memory of a loved one who lived with dementia.

The 5km fun walk will begin at the Mission Bay fountain on Tamaki Drive at 9.30am, but come anytime from 8.45am to join the fun!

There will be plenty of entertainment and refreshments available, as well as opportunities to donate to Alzheimers Auckland, which will mean even more people affected by dementia can have access to our services. 

Plus, why not challenge your friends and family to fundraise for Alzheimers Auckland? You’ll help more people with dementia to live well and get the pride of being the biggest fundraiser too.

Register the whole family today – either email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (09) 622 4230.

Walk for Dementia
Sunday 18 September
Selwyn Reserve, Mission Bay
Walk starts at 9:30am


Symposium speaker Blair Keenan of Marchese Partners was interviewed by Fairfax reporter Catrin Owen about aged care design – did you spot the article in your local community paper? 

We are very pleased to invite you to this year’s much-anticipated Symposium, to be held on Sunday 28 August – and set to be the best yet!

This excellent event is a must for anyone with an interest in dementia, or for those working with, or supporting people living with dementia. Everyone is welcome, so please feel free to invite your family, friends or colleagues.

We have a fantastic line-up of speakers this year, who will be addressing a range of fascinating dementia-related topics. This will include Dr Gary Cheung discussing his global research on meaningful engagement of people with advanced 

Symposium Flyer

dementia, as well as Blair Keenan, discussing the philosophy of ‘Esprit De Vie,’ a new-aged paradigm in architecture, design and ageing research that aims to create a new generation of environments that result in fulfilling senior lifestyles. For the list of speakers and their topics, see below. 

The event will be held at Waipuna Hotel and Conference Centre, which has ample off-street parking. Entry is by koha/donation, and we ask that you please bring along extra cash for some amazing raffles on the day.

Please ensure you register to attend this very popular event, as numbers are limited. To do so, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your details, or phone (09) 622 4230, by Wednesday 24 August.


Speakers and their topics

Dr Gary Cheung: Global research on meaningful engagement of people with advanced dementia.

Blair Keenan: ‘Esprit De Vie’ – a new-aged paradigm in architecture, design and ageing research that aims to create a new generation of environments that engender fulfilling senior lifestyles.

Sue Thomson: Falls, traumatic brain injuries, concussion and dementia.

Delanie Halton: WanderSearch Tracking – what is it and how does it work?

Matt Hector-Taylor: BeSure service and delivery plans.

Lorraine Hunter: Westpac’s dementia friendly banking.


Check out some awesome pictures of our Countdown Collection in the Manukau Courier! There were so many amazing volunteers helping out, and it was a privilege to have so many MPs and community leaders come to lend a hand as well. 


This month, there is a wonderful article in the Eldernet Gazette that talks through ways to make homes dementia-friendly.