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Kerikeri Memory Walk 2016


Thu 18 Aug 2016, 12:00pm

Where: Kerikeri Domain, Cobham Rd, Kerikeri, Bay of Islands

Restrictions: All Ages

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Northland Memory Walks for Dementia 2016. Coming to a town near you!

This year, help us celebrate World Awareness Day for Alzheimers. On Sunday September 18th, Northlanders of all ages are invited to join the cause and to walk a short distance on behalf of Alzheimers' Northland.

Alzheimer's Northland General Manager Kevin Salmon says the purpose of the walk is to increase awareness and understanding surrounding dementia. The event is free, family friendly, no registration and kicks off at 12 noon in three places:

- Whangarei - Town Basin start following the Hatea Loop,
- Kerikeri - proceeding from the Domain,
- Dargaville - leaving from outside Countdown

By raising awareness, Mr. Salmon hopes that participants can help de-stigmatise the disease. “Of the 160,000 people who live in Northland, about 640 have been diagnosed with Alzheimers or dementia”, Kevin says. “The bigger problem is two in every three Kiwis are affected by dementia. That means a lot more people in Northland — often rural and further from medical help and support services — remain undiagnosed. They and their families often struggle with the debilitating effects of memory loss alone.” In fact, symptoms of dementia can appear as early as age 35. The average person affected by dementia lives 11 years and 2 months from diagnosis to death. That’s a long time for families and victims to cope without support.

One of the biggest misconceptions about dementia is that memory loss is normal in older people. Kevin says that it’s not ‘normal’; although it is an incurable disease, dementia can be prevented. The three biggest triggers for dementia and Alzheimers are diabetes, smoking and high blood pressure in middle-aged men and women. These triggers can be managed with help and support.

More information about the Northland Memory Walks and regional dementia services can be found at the website or by phoning 0800 004 001 toll free.