Booklets and factsheets

Our booklets cover many questions that people with dementia, their families/whānau and friends may have. Knowing what to expect can help everyone prepare for what is coming, and knowing about what support and services are available is key to living well with dementia.

These books are a comprehensive resource specifically tailored for a New Zealand audience. They are based on the latest insights and research, and we hope you find them useful.

A few printed booklets are available from your local Alzheimers organisation.


About dementia
A guide for people with dementia and their family/whānau

This resource is designed to provide information to anyone who is worried about dementia, and for people who have just received a dementia diagnosis.

The booklet provides information on what dementia is, as well as the early warning signs and how to go about getting a diagnosis. It also explains what support is available and the things you can do to prepare for the future.

Click here to download the booklet (PDF). 

Living well with dementia

A guide for people diagnosed with dementia

This booklet is written for people who have been diagnosed with dementia to give you information and to help you continue to live well. 

The booklet suggests ways to look after yourself including how to adjust to change and managing your day, as well as working, driving, keeping involved and active and planning for the future. 

Click here to download the booklet (PDF). 

Supporting a person with dementia
A guide for family/whānau and friends

This booklet contains information about how you can support a family member, friend, or neighbour to live well following a diagnosis of dementia.

This booklet gives you information and tips on helping a person with dementia with their personal care, such as washing and dressing, nutrition, sleeping and travelling, as well as communication and ideas for meaningful activities and ways you can look after yourself – which is very important, too.

Click here to download the booklet (PDF). 

Understanding changed behaviour
A guide for people with dementia and their family/whānau

This booklet is designed to provide information on some common changed behaviours and challenges you may encounter as you support someone with dementia. It includes information about what might be causing the behaviour and some tips to help you support the person with dementia to live well. By necessity, this booklet contains clinical terminology and is structured so you can easily find a certain situation such as agitation or hallucinations. 

Click here to download the booklet (PDF). 

Transitioning into residential care
A guide for people caring for someone with dementia 

Deciding to find an alternative to caring for someone with dementia at home can be an extremely difficult decision. This resource is designed to provide information about transitioning from home to residential care. The booklet provides information on topics such as deciding on residential care, what to look for when choosing a care facility, and how to cope when the person you have been caring for goes into residential care. 

Click here to download the booklet (PDF). 

The later stages of dementia and end of life care
A guide for people with dementia and their family/whānau

As dementia progresses, the person with dementia will gradually become more dependent on others for all their care. This booklet is designed to provide information about what to expect in the last stage of dementia. It highlights some issues that may be useful to consider, including what happens as the end of life nears and after death has occurred. 

Click here to download the booklet (PDF). 

 Personal care book

As caring for a person with dementia can be demanding, there may come a time when you need to hand over the caring role to other people. It is possible that because of unforeseen emergencies, you cannot be with your family member for a period of time and the responsibility of caring must be left to others who do not know your relative as well as you.

In your absence, this Personal Care Book can enable the change-over to take place with minimal disruption, by describing the person you care for, their background and what is involved in their daily care requirements. The new carer, as well as gaining a better understanding of your family member, will also gain conversation topics from the book to help your relative feel more at ease.

To order the booklet, please contact your local Alzheimers organisation.

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