Tag Archives: Alister Robertson

Introducing our new Chair, Alister Robertson

Alister Robertson, NZ

As we celebrate our 7th birthday this week, we are also delighted to introduce Dementia Alliance International (DAI) member Alister Robertson as our new Chair.

Alister has been a member since 2016, and has recently stepped down as our Vice Chair, to take on the role of Chair.

We are truly delighted to introduce Alister Robertson as our new Chair to  you. Alister has been a member of Dementia Alliance International (DAI) since 2016, and has recently stepped down as our Vice Chair, to take on the role of Chair.

Alister is taking over from Kate Swaffer who continues as a board member, and the CEO.

About Alister: Alister’s new leadership role has been endorsed and welcomed by the Board of Directors and by our members, and is recognition of the hard work Alister has done globally for our members, and in New Zealand where he is on the Board of Alzheimers New Zealand and a member of their Advisory Group.

He has a strong commitment to supporting people with dementia to have a voice, and to be included locally, nationally and globally.

Alister graduated from Lincoln University, Canterbury New Zealand in 1978 with Bachelor Agricultural Commerce. Spent the following 30+ years in the rural finance sector lending money to the primary sector.

In 2009 Alister and his wife, Charlene decided they would like to do something together, given their four sons had finished their schooling and were doing their own thing. Alister and Charlene resigned from their respective jobs, sold their newly built home and purchased a Motel in Taupo, which they sold four years later.

They then moved to Napier, Hawkes Bay (2013) to be closer to their son and his family. They had a retail and café business until Alister’s dementia diagnosis.

Alister’s father had Alzheimer’s and Alister was diagnosed with younger onset Alzheimer’s in 2014, aged 60 years. He endeavours to follow the advice of trying to maintain a healthy brain by way of diet, remaining socially involved, good sleep, staying mentally active and exercise. Alister is a keen cyclist, which is his main mode of transport and this helps keeping him fit.

Alister participates in the various activities provided by DAI and would like to see more Kiwi’s become active members of DAI, as well as more people with dementia globally to join for peer-to-peer support, and to get involved in the global work done by DAI.

Help people with dementia to continue to be included, to be supported and to have a voice, by donating today. 

Thank you.


DAI’s next “A Meeting of The Minds” Webinar: ASK THE EXPERTS:

  • Wednesday, April 25, 2018 (USA/CA/UK/EU)
  • Thursday, April 26, 2018 (AU/NZ/TW/JP)

This event is being hosted by Dementia Alliance International (DAI) and is available online as a Webinar. Although it it set in a number of time zones, it is only ONE event.

Ask our experts:

Lorayne Burgess lives with dementia in the UK, and has been an active advocate in her local area, and now becoming active representing DAI. She will be speaking at the launch of a new OECD report on Dementia in London in May. She is 52 and was diagnosed with FTD 3 years ago aged 48. Life is her hobby and living positively is her goal.

Jerry Wylie is the Vice Chair of DAI, and is very active in his local area in Philomath Oregon in the USA, presenting to organisations, raisign awareness and fundraising for DAI. In July, he commences presenting regular educational sessions to medical students. Jerry is an invited keynote speaker for the ADI Conference in Chicago in July.

Maria Turner and her son Rhys Dalton live in the USA, and will share their experiences of the impact of dementia. Maria, from ger perspective as a younger woman who was working in critical care as a nurse at the time of diagois; Rhys from the perspective of a young man supporting his mother, whilst trying to build up his own career.

Ian Gladstone lives alone with demenita in Adelaide, Australia and will share his experiences of diagnosis, living alone with dementia, and his experiences as an advcate and speaker for the last few years. Unless you’ve already met hi, his sense of humour and ability to live so positively with dementia will surprise you.

Alister Robertson brings us a voice from New Zealand, and of the transition from business man, to living with younger onset dementia, and his involvement in New Zealands first Dementia Advisory Group of people with dementia and a recent invitation to join their Board.

Mike Belleville recently was the IT man behind the scenes of our WRAD event, and is als now in a senior role with DAI as our IT Developer. Mike lives with dementia, and hosts a monthly online Tech Forum, to support people with dementia to use technology.

Christine Thelker from Canada, whose background is working in Dementia Care, lives alone and rather than sharing her personal story of being diagnosed with younger onset dementia aged 56, which resonates with so many others, she will touch on something she feels is so important to living more positively with dementia, and a tool many in Dementia-land could utilize. She wil talk about how technology has improved her well being, and reduced her isolation.

About the Webinar

This is your opportunity to listen to a panel of experts with the lived experince of a diagnosis of dementia, from a number of countries. Each panellist will share their story, and the program will be followed by a Question and Answer session, where you can ask questions to the panellists, as well as any other attendees who have dementia.

If you have dementia, you will hear many things you will relate to, and may also hear strategies and examples of how to live more positively alongside dementia, in spite of the daily challenges it throws at us.

If you are a family member of professional (academic or health care professional), this is your opportunity to ask the questions you may have always wanted to ask a person with dementia (if a care partner), a patient or a client, but in your professional or personal carin role felt was not appropriate to ask.

As an academic, you won’t have to go through the process of an ethics application, to be able to engage with our members either!

Please note: this webinar is unlikely to be made publicly available after the event, so to listen and ask your questions, attending in person is your chance to meet people with dementia and ask them your questions. We wanted to make it a very personal and confidential environment for our speakers, to allow them the opportunity to speak openly from the heart.

Follow the link to register or go to our Events page for full details, including times in your city or region.