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News and Education

Thank you to everyone who attended the 2019 Dementia Wellington Symposium!

With a focus on how to live well with dementia and the latest research into brain health, the symposium on Thursday 2 May was a fantastic day. It was great to see so many people there, and particularly the many Dementia Wellington clients who attended. All the speakers gave excellent, interesting presentations and everyone enjoyed the opportunity to learn, to meet new people and to reacquaint with colleagues and friends working in the sector. Click below to see some of the presentations on the day.

We have our first appeal of the year coming up. The Wellington Appeal will be help on Saturday 30 March in supermarkets across Wellington, the northern suburbs, and Porirua. We have sixteen sites to fill, so please sign up now to volunteer as a collector.

To book your spot, simply click here to go to the booking link and enter the code: n85yq (please copy and paste as the code is case sensitive)

If you have any trouble at all, just us a call 04 972 2595 and we can help you sign up.

And for those of you outside Wellington, don’t worry if you can’t volunteer this time as we will be holding appeals in Kapiti and the Hutt region later in the year.

 

Learn about dementia on your lunch break!

Come along to the Navigating Dementia seminar on Thursday 7 March, 1pm at Wellington Central Library.

This ninety-minute seminar is open to anyone keen to find out more about what is and isn’t dementia, what to do if you’re concerned about changes in memory or thinking, ideas for living well with dementia, and the support and resources available.

Hope to see you there

Photo of Arthur Te Anini in his gardenIt's never too early to start thinking about Advance Care Planning. We plan for finances, and think about insuring property and contents, so why not do the same for your future health care?

Advance care planning helps you, the important people in your life and your health care team plan for your end-of-life care.

It helps you understand what the future might hold, and to say what health care you would or would not want. This makes it much easier for everyone to understand your wishes – especially if you can no longer speak for yourself.

To find out more and to begin your Advance Care Plan, go to www.myacp.org.nz

Would you like to join our team? We are looking for superstars to fill two part-time roles in our Petone office - an Office Administrator and a Fundraiser. 
To find out more and apply, click here: https://www.seek.co.nz/jobs?advertiserid=41079716

Without the generous funding we receive from trusts, grants, and businesses, many of our Living Well activities and education would not be available. In this section we say THANK YOU to the special organisations that allow us to help people with dementia to stay active and engaged in our community.  Click here to read about the ANZ Staff Foundation...

We are kicking off our 2019 seminars and courses at the end of the month, starting with a Navigating Dementia seminar on 24 January in Petone. Find out what's coming up in the next few months by clicking here. 

 

We often get a lot of people contacting us in the new year, as, after spending time together over the holidays, people have picked up on signs and symptoms that a family member or friend may have dementia. Memory loss might be the most common symptom of dementia – but it’s not the only one.

Thank you Kapiti! We raised $4983 at the Kapiti Street Appeal last month.

Every dollar raised will go towards funding front line support for our clients, like the Living Well with Dementia course we have just held in Paraparaumu, for people who have recently been diagnosed with dementia.

Courses and events designed specifically for people affected by dementia are so crucial, because, as one client said, “I found it easier to talk about my feelings and concerns with others in the same situation rather than my family, I don’t like to upset them.”

Once again, thank you who collected or donated; we couldn't have done it without you!

Thank you to everyone who attended our AGM last week. If you weren't able to make it, our latest Annual Report is available here.