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Dementia is one of New Zealand’s most significant healthcare challenges. 60,000 New Zealanders have a dementia and that number is expected to nearly triple by 2050.

Knowledge and skills are important to recognise and respectfully help customers with a dementia.

The most common barriers people with dementia face are lack of confidence and concerns about getting confused or lost. Responsive and knowledgeable communities enable people with dementia to continue to lead meaningful and independent lives for as long as possible. 

Dementia Canterbury is a long-standing local not-for-profit organisation who offer extensive community-based support and education programmes. Our focus is on creating dementia-friendly communities by providing  specialised support, raising awareness, challenging stigma and educating the public.

We offer dementia education sessions for businesses in your region: “Understanding and respecting customers with a dementia”:

  • The session can be up to one hour of your time, for instance during a lunch meeting or a staff meeting
  • Subjects covered are dementia symptoms, signs, communication and what you can do to help in a professional environment
  • Ongoing support

If you are interested in offering your employees an education session about dementia, how to deal with customers with a dementia and how to move towards becoming a dementia-friendly organisation, please get in touch below. 

We can tailor an education session to any particular topic and our educators will work with you to meet the needs of your service, for example residential care.

These services are available on a cost recovery basis.  For further information please email or phone (03) 379-2590.