Both require:

  • Information
  • Education
  • One on one support
  • Meeting others for friendship and mutual support.

The Care Partner needs a regular break from their caring role. The Person with Dementia needs an accepting, non judgmental environment where they are treated with respect.

For The Person With Dementia Still Living At Home We Have:

  • ‘The Group’ providing social contact and companionship for people who are socially isolated, have memory loss and/or early to advanced dementia/mate wareware. These are outings to various places in the community, which helps keep our members feeling they are part of the community and can still be actively involved. It is also a great way of raising the awareness of dementia/mate wareware to people in the community, so they can see it is a disease that can affect all types of people. Normal interactions for our members with other people in the community helps make our members feel accepted.

For The Carer / Partner / Family / Whānau We Have:

  • ‘The Group’ – providing regular weekly contact with and support from our organisation and a break from their caring role.
  • Six week Whānau Wellbeing & Dementia Workshop – providing an understanding of dementia, help available and the importance of self care for the Care partner. If they don’t take care of themselves they may not be there to care for their partner/ family/whānau member.
  • Monthly Carer Support Group

We also promote greater public awareness and understanding of dementia, through our quarterly newsletters; regular articles and newspaper press releases; our staff are available to speak to community groups; public lectures by notable speakers; participating in public expos and education in rest homes as requested.

We believe it is extremely important for each and everyone to feel connected to their community, to have a purpose in life, to feel happy about themselves and to have choices.

Our interrelated support programme, which includes: The Group – community activities for the person with dementia; Support groups for carers families and whānau; home visits, education workshops  for carers.

Support groups for carers / families / whānau

An opportunity for the carer to meet other carers where they can share both the joys and challenges of caring with others who understand. We meet on the last Friday of each month. There is also a small informal group that meets fortnightly for coffee to support each other.

Carer Support Group - Whanganui 2021

Last Friday each month at 10.00am – 11.00am.
At certain times we arrange a speaker to talk to the group.

“When you sit down with others who have shared your experience,
you feel a sense of closeness and connection that no professional relationship can match”.

For details:
Phone: 06 345 8833
Email: support@alzheimerswhanganui.org.nz

Individual Support

You are encouraged to phone or call into the centre for support, information or advice. Home visits are arranged as required.
Suite 5, 136 Victoria Ave, Whanganui.
Phone: 06 345 8833

WanderSearch Tracking System

The WanderSearch Tracking system is operating in Whanganui and Rangitikei, with the pendants being obtained from Alzheimers Whanganui. It is setup for people living with dementia/autism who walk from their place of residence. However it can be used for other people who walk, run or cycle and have the potential of becoming disorientated or lost. The system is comprised of a pendant which is worn by the person living with dementia/autism. The pendent emits a pulse using a specific frequency that is detected using a Radio Tracking Unit and a directional Finding Aerial.

Further enquiries please contact Alzheimers Whanganui.