Dementia Waikato Support Services
Dementia Support services booklet.
Dementia advisor in Whitianga
Janine Appleby, Dementia Advisor is available for clients and families in the Mercury Bay and Whitianga area. Your local advisor and Dementia Waikato can help with and provide:
home visits and phone support
advice about community support
family education sessions
activity groups for people with dementia
training for carers
care partner support groups.
Janine has a well-established career as an occupational therapist helping children and adults with neurological conditions, including 10 years in the United Kingdom working both inpatient and community in Dementia Care Services. Her experience also covers inpatient rehabilitation, community and rural work across the USA, Saudi Arabia, and New Zealand. She lives with her son and French lop rabbit, in the Hauraki and in her spare time can be seen hiking through mountain ranges across New Zealand.
Contact Janine to organise a call or visit.
What is Dementia?
Dementia is used to describe the gradual loss of brain function due to progressive damage to the brain. This is often caused by conditions such as Alzheimers Disease, Vascular Dementia, Lewi-Body Dementia/Parkinson's Dementia, and Front-Temporal Dementia. It is not a mental illness and not a normal part of ageing.
Dementia today impacts 1 in 3 New Zealanders in some way, with over 60,000 people with a diagnosis in NZ.
What are the symptoms?
Everyone is different and symptoms can vary. some common symptoms include:
gradual memory loss
repeating statements or questions
difficulty performing familiar tasks
difficulty handling money
loss of initiative / apathy
disorientation of time and place
changes to personality
changes in mood or behaviour
problems with language
deterioration in driving skills
If you are concerned, then please contact your GP.
About Dementia Waikato
Dementia Waikato's aim is to reduce the stigma and encourage early diagnosis of dementia, by assisting and empowering those with dementia and their families to live well with the condition.
Please see the Dementia Waikato webpage for information about education, advice, support and awareness.