How we can help

How we can help

Alzheimers Otago delivers a range of programs and service for people with Dementia and their carers across all of Otago, inlcuding Central Otago, Queenstown & Lakes, North Otago, Dunedin and surrounds.

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Education session

Support for carers

Support groups

Cognitive stimulation therapy

Community education sessions

Remarkables Club and Wanaka Club

We are thrilled to introduce our brand new clubs in Wanaka and Arrowtown. These clubs are for people with mild to moderate dementia and run for 4 hours every week. The aim of the clubs is to:

  • keep your brain active,
  • socialise with other people living with dementia and
  • take part in meaningful activities in your community.

We design the activities in the club around what you are interested in and we make sure we always have a varieties of activities available so you can choose how you want to spend your time. 

Group of older peolpe with alzheimers disease at a day program

The Remarkables Club runs every Wednesday from 10-2pm in Arrowtown and the Wanaka Club runs every Thursday from 10-2pm in Wanaka. The clubs cost $45 per session.

Contact Gayle on 03 441 4955 or queenstown@alzheimersotago.org.nz for more details and to see if the clubs are a good fit for you. You may also qualify for subsidies to help with the cost of the club.

The Remarkables Club and Wanaka Club are proudly supported by the ADEPT-MacTodd Trust. 

Men with alzheimers disease taking part in a program for people with dementia

Education session for people living with dementia and their family

We run a number of education sessions through the year for the person with dementia as well as their families, whanau, friends and carers. The sessions go for under an hour and allow you to learn the vital information for living with Dementia as well as allowing you to meet others in the same situation.

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Our current education sessions are:

1. About Dementia.

This session is for people who are newly diagnosed with dementia and covers useful information on the condition, your health team, looking after yourself and planning ahead.

To attend this session contact your local office to find out when the next session is being held.

Dunedin: 03 471 6154

North Otago: 03 434 9090

Central Otago: 03 448 9056

Queenstown Lakes: 027 441 4960

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Support for carers

We understand caring for a loved one with dementia is an incredibly rewarding experience, but it can also be an incredibly challenging one. Our Community Educators can provide you with individual support to help make caring for your loved one a little easier. Every one’s experience with dementia is different and we walk alongside you and your loved one on your individual journey with Dementia.

Some of the ways we can support you are:

- Provide you with information and education to help you to understand dementia

- Support you to navigate the, sometimes confusing, health system

- Help you to get prepared for when things change

- Provide tips and strategies to manage challenges

- Link you into programs and other services to help either yourself or your loved one

- Connect you to other people in the same situation

Our service is tailored to your needs. Some clients just speak to us once or twice to gather information and others have more frequent contact and support.

While we prefer referrals from health professionals, a referral is not necessary to access our service so if you would like to talk to us about how we can support you call your local office on:

Dunedin: 03 471 6154

North Otago: 03 434 9090

Central Otago: 03 448 9056

Queenstown Lakes: 03 441 4955


Support groups

Our Community Educators facilitate support groups for carers across the region. Support groups are a great opportunity to meet other carers in your area and share stories and tips. Our support group members find the groups help them feel less isolated, provide emotional and practical support and are often a welcome break from the caring role.

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Some regions also offer a coffee group where people with dementia and their care partner meet up with other couples for a social outing.

To find out when your next carer support group or coffee group is scheduled contact our offices on:

Dunedin: 03 471 6154

North Otago: 03 434 9090

Central Otago: 03 448 9056

Queenstown Lakes: 03 441 4955

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Cognitive stimulation therapy

Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (CST) is a group program designed for people living with mild to moderate dementia. The program runs twice a week for seven weeks and includes a range of activities tailored to the interests of the group. CST is an internationally renowned program that has been shown to have benefits for people with dementia including:

- Positive effect on mood

- Improved memory

- Improved quality of life

It also provides valuable connection with others in the same situation.

CST is currently available in Oamaru but we are hoping to be able to offer the program in more locations soon. If you are interested in attending a CST program in your region please contact your local office to register your interest.


Community education sessions

Alzheimers Otago can provide education sessions on a range of topics regarding dementia and dementia prevention to community groups and other services.

Education sessions to community groups are offered for free, although a donation is appreciated.

Education sessions for staff may attract a fee depending on the length and topic of the session.

Please contact us to discuss your needs, we would love to help.

Dunedin: 03 471 6154

North Otago: 03 434 9090

Central Otago: 03 448 9056

Queenstown Lakes: 03 441 4955

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