A free community service supporting families on the Coromandel Peninsula with education, advice, support and awareness of dementia.
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Dementia advisor in Whitianga
Jill Edmunds, 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.
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
- impaired judgement
- changes to personality
- changes in mood or behaviour
- problems with language
- deterioration in driving skills
- misplacing things.
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.