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News and Education

Registrations for the 2021 Westpac Dementia Wellington Symposium are now open!

After the cancellation of our Symposium last year due to Covid, we are so pleased that the 2021 Westpac 'Let's talk about Dementia' Symposium can go ahead.  We are excited to be able to bring you a variety of speakers and a great chance to network and catch up with friends and colleagues!  

The Symposium is a one-day event running from 8.30am to 3.30pm on Tuesday 21 September (World Alzheimer's Day) at Te Papa Museum, Cable st, Wellington.

We are so grateful to Westpac who were happy to transfer their sponsorship of the Symposium from last year to this year. 

Speakers this year include Scott Arrol, CEO of Dementia NZ, Emma Febvre-Richards from Massey University MinDArT programme, Dr Makarena Dudley from Auckland University.  We also have Bob Wear and Jan Pearson talking about their lived experiences with dementia. 

A highlight of the symposium will again be the opportunity to hear first-hand from people living with dementia in their lives.  We also explore latest innovation and research, with a particular focus on Māori and Pacifica.  We are very pleased to bring you a varied and stimulating topics and speakers, for the full programme SEE HERE.  

Tickets for the Westpac Dementia Wellngton Symposium are very reasonably priced at $175 or $125 for those of you who work in Not for Profits.  People with dementia and carers are welcome to attend for FREE (but you still need to register).   

REGISTER HERE to book your ticket.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Dementia Essentials seminars - What you need to know about dementia

Dementia Wellington has developed a series of seminars to answer the most common questions we get about dementia.

Each topic will be presented by a subject matter expert, with opportunity for questions and discussion.

These seminars are open to anyone who supports somebody with dementia - you can register for all or just come along to one to find out about a specific topic.

These seminars are free although koha is much appreciated.


Our Winter 2021 appeal is about providing resources to support this valuable series of seminars. We need your support to keep making these seminars available in your local areas - ensuring they remain free for our clients.  Please take the time to Donate Now.  



VENUE – Petone Library, 7 Britannia Street, Petone, Lower Hutt

TIME - 10.30am – 12pm

 Date  Topic
 17 June 2021  Understanding Changed Behaviour
 24 June 2021  Communicating Effectively
 1 July 2021  EPOA responsibilities & Advanced Care Planning
 8 July 2021  Preparing for Day Programme/ Respite/Long term care
 15 July 2021  Staying Engaged and connected
 22 July 2021  Dealing with Grief and Loss



VENUE – Kilbirnie Library 101 Kilbirnie Crescent, Kilbirnie, Wellington

TIME - 6 - 7.30pm

 Date  Topic
 29 July 2021  Understanding Changed Behaviour
 5 Aug 2021  Communicating Effectively
 12 Aug 2021  EPOA responsibilities & Advanced Care Planning
 19 Aug 2021  Preparing for Day Programme/ Respite/Long term care
 26 Aug 2021  Staying Engaged and connected
 2 Sept 2021  Dealing with Grief and Loss



VENUE – Upper Hutt Library 844 Fergusson Drive, Upper Hutt

TIME - 1.30pm - 3pm

 Date  Topic
 21 July 2021  Understanding Changed Behaviour
 28  July 2021  Communicating Effectively
 4 Aug 2021  EPOA responsibilities & Advanced Care Planning
 25 Aug 2021  Preparing for Day Programme/ Respite/Long term care
 1 Sept 2021  Staying Engaged and connected
 15 Sept 2021  Dealing with Grief and Loss



VENUE – Newlands Community Centre 9 Batchelor Street, Newlands, Wellington

TIME - 1.30pm - 3pm

 Date  Topic
 22 Sept 2021  Understanding Changed Behaviour
 29 Sept 2021  Communicating Effectively
 6 Oct 2021  EPOA responsibilities & Advanced Care Planning
 13 Oct 2021  Preparing for Day Programme/ Respite/Long term care
 20 Oct 2021  Staying Engaged and connected
 27 Oct 2021  Dealing with Grief and Loss


To find out more or to register for these seminars, please contact Sarah Togher on 020 4025 2329 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Dementia Wellington runs lots of activities for people affected by dementia across the wider Wellington region - from Kapiti, Porirua, Wellington and the Hutt Valley. 

These include our Cog Cafes (short for 'Cognition' cafes) which are casual monthly meet-ups for people with dementia and their supporters, family or carers.

There are also regular Supporter Groups that are specifically designed for those who are caring for someone with dementia.

Our Dementia Advisors also run Clinic sessions where they are regularly available for one-on-one advice or even just a listening ear.

There are also other groups that we run, talk to your Dementia Advisor to see if these are right for you.

See our booklet Support and Resources 2021 (PDF) for an outline of all the services and courses we are offering in 2021.

See our schedule 'What's coming up - July, August, September'  for dates, venues and times to help you plan. 

Photo of Arthur Te Anini in his gardenIt's never too early to start thinking about Advance Care Planning. We plan for finances, and think about insuring property and contents, so why not do the same for your future health care?

Advance care planning helps you, the important people in your life and your health care team plan for your end-of-life care.

It helps you understand what the future might hold, and to say what health care you would or would not want. This makes it much easier for everyone to understand your wishes – especially if you can no longer speak for yourself.

To find out more and to begin your Advance Care Plan, go to www.myacp.org.nz

Come along to a Navigating Dementia information session!

These ninety-minute information sessions are open to anyone keen to find out more about what dementia is, what to do if you’re concerned about changes in memory or thinking, ideas for living well with dementia, and the support and resources available. 

The seminar covers:

  • Assessment and diagnosis of cognitive impairment,
  • What is and what isn’t dementia,
  • How to maximise brain health and function,
  • Plus the supports and services available for people living with dementia.

Upcoming dates and venues for 2021 for Navigating Dementia information sessions are: 


Upper Hutt Library, Upper Hutt                           10 March 2021                  4pm-5.30pm 

Ngake room, ASB Sports Centre, Kilbirnie         17 March 2021                  6.30pm-8pm 

Petone Community House, Petone                     13 April 2021                     6pm-7.30pm 

Old Mill Function Centre, 1 Kapiti Road              18 May 2021                     1pm-2.30pm

Kenepuru Hospital Conference Rm 1                  21 June 2021                    6.30pm-8pm

Newlands Community Centre                              14 July 2021                      10am-11.30am

Upper Hutt Library                                                 18 August 2021                 3pm-430pm

Kapiti Community Centre                                     16 September 2021          6.30pm-8pm


For further information contact us on 04 9722595 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


THANK YOU to the special organisations that allow us to help people living with dementia to stay active and engaged in our community. 

Without the generous funding we receive from trusts, grants, and businesses, many of our Living Well activities and education would not be available.  Click here to read more about our funders.

If you’re finding your usual round of golf is getting to be a bit too much, the Royal Wellington Golf Club offers a golf afternoon with just 9 holes and volunteer golfers to provide support. Plus there’s a light lunch to start!

Cost is $20.00. 

Please note that previous golf experience is essential

To register or find out more contact Tone at Royal Wellington Golf Club This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.