Living with dementia
Being diagnosed with a new illness or condition can be difficult. This includes being diagnosed with dementia.
It can be a time of uncertainty and worry for you and your family/whanau and friends. You are not alone - almost 70,000 Kiwis are living with dementia today (Alzheimers.org.nz). There is a lot of support and information available to you and those around you, to help you remain as independent as possible and enjoy life. To find out what Community Resources are available in your area, download this booklet:
Supporting a person with Alzheimers or Dementia often involves a number of people. You may be providing support on a daily basis, or less often. There is a range of information and services that can help you to support your loved one. You may find it useful to just read information and get ideas on what works for you, or it may be useful to link with other people who are facing similar challenges or get hands-on help with daily tasks.
Your local Alzheimers NZ organisation is a great place to start for support and information. The contact details are below:
Phone: (03) 471-6154
Address: Community House 301 Moray Place Dunedin 9016
Phone: (03) 214-0984
Address: 135 Yarrow Street Invercargill 9810