First Nations and dementia: A voice for spiritual and cultural well-being
Dr. Makarena Dudley, (Te Rarawa, Te Aupōuri, Ngati Kahu), is a Clinical Neuropsychologist and Senior Lecturer in the School of Psychology at the University of Auckland. She has worked as a clinician for 20 years. She is currently involved in a number of research projects involving Māori, the Indigenous people of Aotearoa, and mate wareware (dementia). Her projects include the development of a Māori-appropriate diagnostic tool, a mate wareware website, and a mate wareware app. She is also leading the adaptation of Cognitive Stimulation Training to be culturally appropriate with Māori.
Makarena is passionate about working with kaumātua/pakeke (elders) to help minimise the impact of mate wareware in a rapidly growing older population.
Makarena also supervises Māori students who are conducting research in other areas of Māori health.