A day in the life of a… mental health-credentialed primary health care nurse

6.15am: I leap out of bed and go for a walk ... NOT!  Reality is that I snooze for another 15 minutes then drag myself from my happy place to make a cuppa...  Read on and find out how the rest of the day pans out for primary health care nurse Robynann Dyson.

New dementia framework launched

A new strategic framework for New Zealand’s dementia community was recently launched by Alzheimers New Zealand, replacing and building on the National Dementia Strategy 2010-2015.

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.

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.

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.

Dementia and nutrition

CAROLINE BARTLE discusses the importance of good nutrition for people with dementia and gives some practical advice to help make meal times easier.

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.

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.

Spotlight on… drama therapy

Drama therapy is increasingly used to help people suffering from dementia. However, far from a fad, drama therapy has been around for a while.

Driving change in dementia care

CareerForce and Alzheimers New Zealand are working together to provide a more consistent and recognised training programme for dementia care.
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