Living well with dementia

Date Published: 
Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Professor Ngaire Kerse talks about living well with dementia. Ngaire is a GP in Auckland, Professor of General Practice and Primary Health Care and the Joyce Cook Chair in Ageing Well at the University of Auckland.

After training in primary care in the USA, completing a Geriatric Medicine Fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania, and GP training in New Zealand, Australia, and then a PhD at the University of Melbourne, she has built a programme of research throughout New Zealand over the last two decades.



  • Diagnosis of dementia
  • Adjusting to change
  • Considering the future
  • Cognitive testing: MoCA, RUDAS 
  • Family respite and support
  • Driving and dementia
  • Whakawhanaungatanga when dealing with Māori patients and whānau


Take home messages

  • Making the diagnosis of dementia can happen and is often most appropriate in primary care.
  • For Māori patients get whānau and the wider community involved.
  • Be realistic with patients about driving.
  • Encourage getting affairs in order early.
  • Caring for the carers is important too.
  • Get community agencies involved.



Patient resources


Professor Ngaire Kerse
General Practitioner



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