Dementia-friendly designs

JUDE BARBACK considers the research behind an innovative, virtual, dementia-friendly home and talks to architect, Warwick Bell of BKB Team Architects, about applying the research to New Zealand dementia units.

Addressing the gap between mental health services and aged care

MAX REID draws attention to the growing demand for a service model that addresses the specific needs of older people with both age-related and mental health needs.

Spotlight on… depression in our later years

Chief executive of New Zealand’s Mental Health Foundation SHAUN ROBINSON discusses why depression in older people needs to be taken seriously.

Cognitive Stimulation Therapy – a practice with huge potential

CAROLINE BARTLE discusses how becoming competent in Cognitive Stimulation Therapy can help practitioners achieve significantly improved outcomes for those in dementia care.

Supported decision-making and people living with dementia

CHRIS PERKINS discusses some innovative methods of communicating with people living with dementia that can help them to make the important decisions in their lives.

Passion and vision – leadership in dementia care

CAROLINE BARTLE discusses a knowledge management strategy that helps leaders in dementia care become enablers, rather than directors.

Improving the dementia environment at home

CAROLINE BARTLE provides a comprehensive checklist for identifying areas of the home that could be enhanced to support and improve the quality of daily life for the individual living with dementia.

Person first, dementia second

Bupa's GRAINNE MOSS shares sthe touching story of Bupa employee Kate Burnett and resident Mary.

Dementia care: more than treading water

CAROLINE BARTLE says dementia care training should enable people to provide care that is progressive and not just about maintenance.

Seeking meaning behind behaviour that challenges

As the number of people with dementia increases year on year, we need to get better at understanding and managing challenging behaviours that can occur. By BETH McDOUGALL.
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