Educational Webinars

Educational Webinars

Our online interactive education sessions are designed to support individuals living with dementia, their caregivers, whānau, and health professionals along their dementia journey.

Dementia Talks Masterclasses

Through these Masterclasses, participants gain profound understanding of the complex and often difficult aspects of dementia, enabling them to provide better care and support.

Ticket Prices:
Carer/Whānau – $20
Professionals – $50 includes a Certificate of Attendance

Available Masterclass Recordings:

This educational webinar recording will give an overview on what Dementia is, the different types of dementias and how they affect people.

We will explore what normal aging is, the difference between normal forgetfulness and dementia and the importance of an early diagnosis. We will give you tips and tools on what to do when you suspect either yourself or someone you love, is showing cognitive changes.

Between 50 – 70% of all diagnosed dementia cases are in the form of Alzheimer’s.

This educational webinar recording for carers and whānau will teach you more about the symptoms, making the diagnosis, characteristics, and treatments of Alzheimer’s Disease.

This educational webinar recording is for carers and whānau supporting someone with a diagnosis of Frontotemporal Dementia.

We will cover what Frontotemporal Dementia is, give you insight around the changes that take place and provide you with tools on how to manage the associated challenging behaviours.

This educational seminar is for carers, family members, whānau and Health Professionals supporting someone with a diagnosis of Lewy Body Dementia.

We will cover what Lewy Body Dementia is, give you insight and understanding around the changes that take place and provide you with tools on how to manage the challenges associated with Lewy Body Dementia.

This online education webinar is for carers and family members supporting someone with a diagnosis of Vascular Dementia.

We will cover what Vascular Dementia is, give you insight and understanding around the changes that take place and provide you with tools on how to manage the challenges associated with this form of dementia.

Grief is a natural instinctual reaction to loss. This Masterclass will explore how Grief and Loss are experienced, as it is different and unique to each person, and will dispel myths around grief and grieving. We will also look at how Grief and Loss affect brain function and provide tips and strategies for coping with it.

Dementia brings with it Ambiguous Loss and Disenfranchised Grief – what does it mean and how is it different?

Join this Masterclass to gain an understanding of how grief and Loss affect us and what we can do to cope with it.

When someone is diagnosed with dementia there are huge adjustments to be made by everyone involved. Many Carers struggle with feelings of sorrow, guilt, grief, loss, ambivalence or anger. Up to 80% of caregivers will experience depression and/or anxiety somewhere along the journey.

Dementia is equally distressing for the person with the diagnosis and up to 75% of people living with dementia may experience depression and/or anxiety, either just prior to the diagnosis or somewhere along the dementia journey.

This online Masterclass will provide you with more understanding of depression and anxiety, the causes, the symptoms, the treatments and strategies to prevent and recover from these challenging conditions.

Are you struggling at home to get the person with dementia, who you support, to manage everyday tasks like changing their clothes, having a shower, washing their hair? Are you faced with the challenges of managing incontinence?

Dementia New Zealand’s Senior Educator, Winifred Henderson will help you understand what is going on and why. This Masterclass will also help you avoid battles, providing you with strategies to better manage this tricky and sometimes challenging part of the journey through dementia.

Brain Health Aotearoa – 2024 Brain Health Symposium Webinar Recordings

From young to old, our mission is to inspire and empower Kiwis to protect your brain health and reduce your risk of disease.

Ticket Prices (per Seminar recording):
Carer/Whānau – $20
Professionals – $50 includes a Certificate of Attendance
Carer/Whānau (all three seminars) – $30
Professionals (all three seminars) – $130 includes a Certificate of Attendance

2024 Brain Health Symposium Webinar Recordings:

Alcohol is part of life for most New Zealanders.  But how much is too much when it comes to brain health?  Could alcohol even be protective?  And if we do decide we might cut down, what are some good ways of achieving this?

Matthew will briefly outline how our seminar topics this year fit together with all the other things we can do to support our brain health.


Speaker Profile:

Matthew is a psychiatrist of Old Age with Te Whatu Ora at Burwood Hospital. He is a leader in NZ’s Dementia sector, holding a deputy chair position with the NZ Dementia Mate Wareware leadership and advisory group, and is also the Chair of the NZ Dementia Foundation.

In celebration of World Sleep Day on the 15th March, ‘Sleep is more than a Luxury’ explores the prevalence and perceptions of sleeping disruptions with ageing, dementia mate wareware, and caregiving.

Rosie will provide an overview of her work discussing the prevalence, risk factors, and outcomes for sleep disruptions among older New Zealanders. She will also outline bespoke projects representing the experiences and psycho-social context of sleep with ageing, dementia, and caregiving.

Speaker Profile:

Dr Rosie Gibson has a background in psychology, aged care, and clinical sleep practice. She is base at Massy University’s School of Psychology and affiliated with the Health and Ageing Research Team and Sleep/Wake Research Centre. She is currently Vice President of the New Zealand Association of Gerontology. Her research focuses on sleep across the lifespan, with a special focus on the sleep-related changes among people affected by dementia and family carers.

The brain is an energy-intensive organ, using around 20 percent of the body’s calories, so it needs plenty of good fuel to maintain concentration throughout the day.

The brain also requires certain nutrients to stay healthy. Omega-3 fatty acids, for example, help build and repair brain cells, and antioxidants reduce cellular stress and inflammation, which are linked to brain aging and neurodegenerative disorders, such as Alzheimer’s disease.

‘The science behind the best Brain Foods’ explores the scientific evidence behind the best brain foods.

Speaker Profile:

Dr Yoram Barak is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the Otago School of Medicine, Dunedin and consultant psychogeriatrician at Te Whatu Ora – Health New Zealand Southern (formerly SDHB).

Yoram’s research interests include a wide range of psychiatric conditions, with special emphasis on old-age psychiatry, and suicide. He has published extensively in these areas, and is author or co-author of over 200 peer-reviewed journal articles. His book “Preventing Alzheimer’s Disease” has been published in the US. He was the medical director of Israel’s inpatient psychiatric services for Holocaust survivors for 25 years. He is past president of the Israeli Association of Old-Age Psychiatry, and is the associate editor for Aging Psychiatry of the Frontiers in Psychiatry. Yoram serves on the board of the Faculty of Psychiatry of Old Age for the RANZC Psychiatry.

Educational Webinar Recording Request Form

Please complete the below form to request a recording/s from our educational webinars selection. Links to the educational sessions will be emailed to you within 2 working days of receiving your request.