Bank­ing with de­men­tia

Auckland City Harbour News - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - ROB STOCK

‘‘Age­ing is not for wimps,’’ I was told once by a se­nior life in­surance ex­ec­u­tive whose mother had de­men­tia.

He was speak­ing a few days af­ter po­lice had res­cued her from a road­side af­ter she’d got lost.

Around 60,000 peo­ple have de­men­tia, a num­ber ex­pected to climb to around 150,000 by 2050 as the pop­u­la­tion ages.

An Alzheimer’s di­ag­no­sis will gen­er­ally come af­ter peo­ple be­gin to struggle with some as­pects of their lives, in­clud­ing manag­ing their bank­ing.

I hadn’t thought about Alzheimer’s since the ‘‘age­ing is not for wimps’’ con­ver­sa­tion, per­haps eight or so years ago.

Then a week ago, I met Lor­raine Hunter from West­pac, who made a deathbed prom­ise to her fa­ther to do some­thing to help peo­ple liv­ing with de­men­tia.

The re­sult was West­pac’s de­men­tia bank­ing programme to help peo­ple di­ag­nosed with Alzheimer’s put in place bank­ing dis­ci­plines and pro­cesses to

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