Dementia Talks Masterclass – Understanding Depression and Anxiety


When someone is diagnosed with dementia there are huge adjustment to be made by everyone involved.

Most Carers struggle with feelings of sorrow, guilt, grief, loss, ambivalence or anger. Up to 80% of caregivers will experience depression &/or anxiety somewhere along the journey through dementia.

Dementia is equally distressing for the person with diagnosis, leading to feelings of fear, sorrow, grief, loss, frustration and anger. Up to 40% of people living with dementia experience depression &/or anxiety, either just prior to the diagnosis or somewhere along the dementia journey.

This Masterclass will cover:

  • What depression and anxiety is
  • What causes it
  • The contribution worrying makes
  • How it effects sleep
  • Explanations on the treatments available and strategies on how to prevent and recover from these challenging illnesses.


Rhonda Preston-Jones, Clinical Lead at Dementia Auckland has over 30 years of experience working in Mental Health Services. She is passionate about helping people to live their bests lives despite a diagnosis of dementia.

This in-depth education session is suitable for carers, family members and health professionals.


Carer/Whanau/General Admission: $20
Health Professionals: $40 (Certificate of Attendance provided post Masterclass)

This Masterclass will be recorded and the link will be sent out in the week following the presentation.


The education services we offer are unfunded and this will give us the ability to continue providing quality education to our community.