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Global expert in dementia care to visit Waikato in April

Graham Stokes

Graham Stokes

International expert in dementia care, Professor Graham Stokes, believes more needs to be done to raise awareness and understanding of dementia – a disease that is set to double in the next 35 years.

During April, Professor Graham Stokes will tour New Zealand to talk about how to live well with dementia. His lecture is titled “Dementia friendly New Zealand: living well with dementia”.

In partnership with the Waikato Institute of Healthy Ageing, Bupa St Kilda Cambridge will host a morning with Professor Stokes. This free event promises to provide guests with an understanding of the challenges communities are faced with in supporting those with dementia out in the community.

Professor Stokes is a clinical psychologist who has been working in the field of dementia care for over two decades. He has been instrumental in leading person-centred approaches to care in his field. His research interests lie in understanding and resolving challenging behaviour in dementia and helping people with dementia live the best lives they can.

Bupa St Kilda

Bupa St Kilda

According to Stokes, many people believe dementia will strike later in life, however, people can begin developing the disease in their mid-40s. While improving our ability for early diagnosis is a priority, it’s also important for the community to learn how to support people with dementia.

Professor Graham Stokes is Global Director of Dementia Care at Bupa. He was previously head of specialty for elderly mental health and adults with neuro-degenerative diseases within the National Health Service. He holds the post of honorary tutor and lecturer at several universities, including Birmingham and Staffordshire and is author of many books and papers on dementia care, including: On Being Old: The Psychology of Later Life.

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For more information please contact:

Lisa Chambers, Head of Communications
Ph: 09 985 9704 mob: 0272717719
Email: lisa.chambers@bupa.co.nz

About Bupa
Bupa Care Services New Zealand is part of the Bupa Group a leading international healthcare company. Established in New Zealand in 1991, Bupa has three aged care businesses; rest homes and hospitals; retirement villages and personal medical alarms plus a brain rehabilitation business, looking after more than 16,000 New Zealanders.

Established in 1947, the Bupa Group has over ten million customers in more than 190 countries and employs over 74,000 people around the world. Their main interests are care homes for young disabled and older people, health insurance, workplace health services, health assessments and chronic disease management services, including health coaching and healthcare services in the home.
In New Zealand Bupa support many community projects and charities including Alzheimer’s, Arthritis, RSA and Carers New Zealand. They assist these charities in raising awareness and advocating on their behalf. Bupa has no shareholders. They reinvest their money to provide better healthcare for their customers, helping them to live longer, happier, healthier lives.

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