Asking for Help

I know how hard it can be at times for us to ask for help. New Zealanders tend to have a very 'can do' attitude. "She'll be right" is a common refrain. Men in particular can find it hard to ask for help, but I've noticed NZer's in general like t

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Easter - A Fresh Start

Easter time has been a time of celebration throughout the world for many centuries. For many it marks the end of winter and the coming of spring with its warmer weather and new life. In Christian communities Easter is celebrated as when Jes

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​Calming Someone with Dementia

When someone with dementia becomes anxious, upset or angry it is important how you approach them. It can be difficult to know how to help especially if they are unable to express themselves well. It's good to have some ideas already in mind so y

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Dementia, Stigma and Language

There is a stigma around Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia. Unfortunately this not only leads to negative effects on someone diagnosed with it, but also to those around them, and the actual level of help, support and social connection they all

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Good Company, Fun and Laughter

Playing games together is a great way to spend time. Good company, fun and laughter all help to keep people social, happy and to shake off the stresses of the day. Games stimulate the brain areas that are responsible for memory and cognitive ski

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Why People Love Paint by Numbers

If you are looking for a way to express your creativity through an enjoyable hobby, a paint by numbers canvas may be something to consider. Not only are these great fun, they are fantastic for keeping your brain refreshed and last but not least at th

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​Musical Nostalgia

Isn’t it amazing how an old song can trigger a memory that takes us back to a particular moment in time. Has an old tune recently caught you off guard and brought back a wave of memories, even if it’s something you haven’t heard for many years? Songs

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Sparking Memories

Photo albums and pictures on the wall were a traditional way of keeping memories near. Having images available all the time can really help lift spirits, especially when loved ones are not nearby.Remembering to pull out the old albums can really help

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