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What does the future look like for people and whānau living with dementia mate wareware in Aotearoa New Zealand?

That’s what Alzheimers NZ will explore at their upcoming event Repositioning Dementia: A new start.

It’s the first one-day event in a new series and will be opened by Minister of Health Hon Dr Ayesha Verrall.

“We’re delighted to have so many distinguished speakers joining us including the Minister, Te Whatu Ora National Commissioner Abbe Anderson and Aged Care Commissioner Carolyn Cooper,” says Alzheimers NZ chief executive Catherine Hall.

“It’s great we’ve already had a commitment from government for the Action Plan, but we’ll be asking the hard questions – we need to know what’s next, and what does this look like for people and whānau living with dementia mate wareware?”

The programme explores the Dementia Mate Wareware Action Plan, the lived experience of dementia mate wareware and the latest research in the sector.

As part of the lived experience, Alzheimers NZ Advisory Group’s Alister Robertson will delve deeper into the lived experience of dementia mare wareware, by sharing his innovative My Life’s Journey app.

The app uses reminiscence therapy to guide users to record and reflect on moments that weave together the story of their life – it’s proving popular with hundreds of downloads already.

Delegates will also hear from Dr Fuafiva Faalau, of the University of Auckland, as part of the research session.

Dr Faalau is the lead researcher on a project which investigates what dementia means for Pacific communities in Aotearoa New Zealand.

This initiative aims to build a knowledge base to develop a Pacific-responsive screening and assessment tool to assist clinicians in the diagnosis of dementia mate wareware.

These are just a handful of the speakers who will share their expertise at the event.

The event is on Thursday 23 March at the National Library of New Zealand, Wellington – both in person and online.

There are different options for registration and people living with dementia and their whānau care partners are able to attend at no charge.

Register for Repositioning Dementia: A new start now

Check out the draft programme

Keep up to date with Repositioning Dementia on the Alzheimers NZ website.