NZ Framework for Dementia Care


Category: Health and Social - Management & Treatment
Updated on: 11-Jun-2016

This file contains  a list of NZ Research on managing challenges to well-being as per NZ Dementia Framework. (It is the same as the list in primary and residential care sections). Please comment if you think changes are needed.  Thanks

Contributor: Chris Perkins - 31 Oct 2016, 9:13 AM

This file contains information about NZ Research on end of life care in dementia. Please comment if you know of further research.


Contributor: Chris Perkins - 31 Oct 2016, 9:49 AM

P. S. D. V. Prasadarao (2014)

"Current understanding of the existing literature on dementias and related conditions in New Zealand is meagre. It is important that persons working in this area well informed about the existing biopsychosocial literature within New Zealand. In this project we attempted to collate, summarise and synthesize the existing biopsychosocial and cultural literature available in New Zealand on ageing and dementias. Such an attempt certainly has significant implications within the wider community of professionals, clinicians and researchers as well as policy makers working with ageing and dementias. Such an approach will provide insight into what has been done thus far in this important area of health in New Zealand and will provide some significant leads into understanding the gaps existing in the literature, thus the future search needs of this country.

In this project, we systematically reviewed the existing biopsychosocial and cultural literature on ageing, dementias and related conditions in New Zealand. Attempts were made to identify the available literature in the context of New Zealand. We hope that this integrative review will provide insights into the nature of literature available within New Zealand on ageing and dementias. We also hope that it provides significant insights into the information gaps and needs, thus offering directions for future research in New Zealand. Analysis of such a research existing within this country can be explained within the sociocultural, biopsychosocial context of New Zealand."

Contributor: Shereen  Moloney - 20 Jan 2017, 11:22 AM

Researcher(s) Introduction
This project is being carried out by Associate Professor Helen Southwood PhD, Director, Speech and Language Therapy and Annabel Grant MHSc (Hons), a Clinical Educator & Lecturer in the Speech and Language Therapy Programme at Massey University.

Project Description and Invitation
The overall aim of this study is to identify conversational behaviours that help and hinder communication between you and your partner living with dementia.  Maintaining conversation skills can improve the overall quality of life of individuals with dementia. Keeping communication going helps people retain their sense of self.  Providing supports to improve communication may increase engagement and reduce levels of frustration during conversations. 

This project will involve filling out an online survey about your experiences with supports for communication. We hope to gain an understanding of the communication supports that are available to you and identify supports you feel would be valuable but are not available. This information will help us develop more individualised and accessible supports for individuals living with dementia and their conversation partners. 

We would be very grateful if you would consider participating in this project.

Survey link for people living with dementia.

Survey link for communication partners of people living with dementia.

Contributor: Annabel Grant - 17 May 2017, 10:46 AM

Title: Cognitive Stimulation Therapy in New Zealand: An Evidence Based Treatment for Dementia


Description: Cognitive stimulation therapy (CST) is a structured and manualised group treatment specifically developed for people with mild to moderate dementia. It involves 14 sessions (twice a week over seven weeks) of themed activities. Sessions are aimed to actively stimulate and engage people with dementia, whilst providing an optimal learning environment and the social benefits of a group.


Cognitive stimulation is recommended for people with mild to moderate dementia in the UK Government National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidance.The evidence for CST (improvement in cognition, quality of life and communication) is confirmed in a recent Cochrane review. The World Alzheimer Report states that: "CST should be routinely given to people with early stage dementia."


CST can be delivered relatively easily in both community and residential care settings by anyone working with people with dementia, e.g. occupational therapists, psychologists, social workers, diversional therapists or nurses.


Appropriate Audience: People diagnosed with dementia, family/whanau, occupational therapists, psychologists, social workers, diversional therapists, nurses.



Gary Cheung

Old Age Psychiatrist

The University of Auckland & Auckland City Hospital


Kathy Peri

Gerontology Nurse Specialist

The University of Auckland & Middlemore Hospital


Laurel Winwood

Facility Manager

Radius Taupaki Gables


Contributor: Dementia Resources Project - 20 Jun 2017, 4:12 PM

Title: Dementia: Stigma, Language, and Dementia-friendly



Description: This article discusses the stigmatization of people with dementia, the role of language in that stigmatization, and how a lack of inclusion undermines Dementia-friendly initiatives.


Kate Swaffer – 

Contributor: Dementia Resources Project - 04 Aug 2017, 12:11 PM