Health and Wellbeing students have been spending Auckland’s lockdown making a difference to the lives of people living with dementia. The learners have studied dementia and simple ways to help sufferers in a programme run by local Alzheimers NZ organisations.
All 13 class members of the NZ Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Advanced Care and Support) programme have earned certificates and badges signalling they have become Dementia Friends. Tutor Sadia Farzana is proud of her students’ success. “Although it was lockdown, they managed to follow my instructions with so much sincerity and dedication.”
Class mentors Binu Gopinathan and Roslyne Lata, who are Student Council representatives for Manukau campus, agree. “We would like to acknowledge the hard work by all 13 students,” they say. “We sincerely appreciate and acknowledge the support and help extended from the campus too. A big thank you to our wonderful and loving tutor Dr Sadia Farzana for supporting and looking after us tirelessly in every possible way during this challenging time.”
Binu says his peers wanted to become Dementia Friends after listening to their tutor’s inspiring lectures. The knowledge they gained will help to expand the skills they have learned in class, he says. “We are now able to correlate everything with our advanced care and support programme.”
As most fellow students work in a healthcare setting, all of them are committed to caring, he says. “We can proudly say that working with Dementia Friends can make a real difference in the lives of people with dementia and give support to their families. Our CVs are going to get enriched being a Dementia Friend in Aotearoa and will stand out from the crowd while looking for better job opportunities.”