North Shore Times : January 27th 2011
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Ethics is important because organ- isations, particularly corporate organ- isations, wield more power on the whole than governments and corporate heads are not held accountable in the way government heads are, so they have to be self regulating, Professor Ladkin says. The seminar is called Ethics Beyond Compliance because people find themselves challenged in ethical areas and when they look at the code of conduct they come away with more questions. The challenges are too com- plex, there is no one right way. Professor Ladkin will talk about methods used to make ethical decisions. During her visit she will also be working with Dr Ralph Bathurst and Dr Margot Edwards from the School of Management in Albany on a research project exploring Maori perspectives of ethics and see how this can contribute to Western best prac- tice. Dr Bathurst says the research seeks to explore how Maori leaders in the arts, business and education draw on their own rich resources of wisdom and ethics. The aim is then to find ways of translating these understandings into Western notions of ethics, beyond codes of compliance, and to assist in the transformation of local and global business practice. The public seminar takes place in the Sir Neil Waters Lecture Theatre on Wednesday February 2 from 6pm and places are limited. Email Merle Turner at M.L.Turner@massey.ac.nz to reserve a place. Silent disease: Muriel Payne, right, is one of 43,000 New Zealanders who suffers with some form of dementia. Her daughter Marion Whittam, cares for her full time. Photo: FIONA GOODALL Most dementia care given in the home As New Zealand's population ages, a dementia epidemic is inevitable. Reporter Sarah Moyes talks to a carer whose mother has the debilitating brain disease. Unhealthy brain: A comparison of a brain with dementia at the top and a 'normal' brain below. The disease kills brain cells. Photo: CENTRE FOR BRAIN RESEARCH On the outside Muriel Payne looks like a normal nearly 90-year-old woman. It s hard for people to realise there is a problem. There is no physical evidence, daughter Marion Whittam says. It s a silent disease. They don t look ill. Mrs Payne has dementia -- her dying brain cells mean her mind is slowly slipping away. Some days she s okay, other days her mind has returned to another place and another time. At times she s reliving her youth, remembering things from 60 or 70 years ago as if they had just happened the day before. Mrs Whittam of Glendowie is her fulltime carer -- an unpaid occupation held by thousands of New Zealanders. Two and a half years ago the now 89-year-old Mrs Payne was diagnosed with vascular dementia. She joins 11,000 people in Auckland, and 43,000 people in New Zealand who have some form of the brain degenerative disease. The most well-known and com- mon form is Alzheimer s. It is a condition commonly associated with forgetfulness and memory loss. Vascular dementia is the sec- ond most common and is often caused by multiple strokes. Symptoms of the two conditions are similar, but the progression of each is quite different. According to Alzheimers Auck- land more than half of dementia sufferers are cared for at home. The idea that as soon as someone is diagnosed with the disease they are shipped off to a rest home is a myth. Alzheimers Auckland general manager Bonnie Robinson says generally after a diagnosis the person has about seven years to live. The majority of that time is not at a resthome, she says. It s not just the person affected with the disease that it s hard for -- it s also difficult for the four to six people around them, particu- larly the one or two people who are the carers, Ms Robinson says. In as many ways it s harder on the carer than the person with the disease. The organisation, part of Alz- heimer s New Zealand, reaches out and helps carers and dementia sufferers in the com- munity. It first started as a volunteer organisation 25 years ago to raise awareness and give support for people with dementia and their carers. Until then many family caregivers were dying before the person with dementia because of the stress. Ms Robinson says there are now dementia workers spread across Auckland that support families throughout the entire disease. We will stay for the whole journey. The demand for their services is continually increasing. Ms Robinson says the number of people with dementia is growing accumulatively by 3 percent each year. Our resources aren t growing. Unless we do something we will be facing a crisis. It is estimated that by 2026 there will be about 74,000 New Zealanders with some form of dementia. This figure will increase again to almost 147,000 by 2050. Home Instead Senior Care is an organisation dedicated to provid- ing in-home, non-medical care and services for the elderly. They offer housekeeping, per- sonal care, meal preparation and basically anything else that is non-medical. Over a 12-month period the organisation saw a 25 percent increase in requests from families of Alzheimer s sufferers asking for help. Neil Farnworth of Home Instead Senior Care is concerned to hear that in 2008 the cost asso- ciated with caring for dementia sufferers was estimated to be $712.9 million and likely to increase further. In reality the government only has a certain amount of funding to distribute around the health sec- tor. Families of dementia sufferers will be one of the many groups who will face difficult decisions in looking at options for care for their loved ones, if funding levels are reduced. Alzheimer s New Zealand is pushing for more support for at- home carers. They say dementia will cost New Zealand $1 billion by 2050. A report into the aged care sec- tor released in October by the Labour Party, the Green Party and Grey Power insists age care must be improved. The Report into Aged Care rec- ommends better home support for older people. This particularly includes more respite care for dementia sufferers. Mrs Whittam wishes there were more respite programmes avail- able for her mother. As things progress it will be more difficult to look after her at home. Mrs Whittam hopes a respite programme could be a stepping stone into eventual permanent care. Go to www.alzheimers.co.nz for more information about support for dementia sufferers and carers.
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