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Find out more about news and upcoming events below.

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 

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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. 

Alzheimers Auckland is featured in the latest Hardy's Discover magazine! Click through to read more.

Joe Macarthur is interviewed about his involvement with Alzheimers Auckland - and how the organisation has helped his mother – in The Aucklander.

There's an article featuring Alzheimers Auckland over on the SuperSeniors blog at present – talking through ways to help slow down dementia's progression.


In the latest Eldernet Gazette, there is a brilliant article about Enyth Good and her experience with Alzheimers Auckland in caring for her husband. An important reminder about the role of the Alzheimer's carers and why the Countdown Collection is so important. 

Over on Scoop, you can read up on the presentation of a cheque for $141,000 to Alzheimers Auckland by Prime Minister John Key!

There is a very useful article in the latest Eldernet Gazette that talks through identifying the differences between memory loss and forgetfulness.