Be watching TV-3 this Sunday May 31st to see our Champion for Dementia, Colin Mathura-Jeffree in the premiere of Dancing with the Stars. Colin’s chosen charity is of course Alzheimers New Zealand and he is partnered with professional Dancesport competitor Kristie Williams. In Colin’s words; “Life is an adventure and you should challenge yourself. If you’re going to be fantastic or a fantastic mess why not do it in front of the nation?”
Alzheimers New Zealand is disappointed and concerned about the lack of investment in services for people affected by dementia included in yesterday’s Budget, and believes this oversight means people won’t get the help and support they need.
“Dementia is one of New Zealand’s most significant and growing healthcare challenges,” said Alzheimers NZ, Executive Director, Catherine Hall.
“The number of people with dementia in New Zealand is forecast to triple to 150,000 by 2050. And importantly, for every person with dementia there is a wide group of family, friends and whanāu who all need help and support.
“So without additional funding to keep up with the increasing numbers there is a real risk that people affected by dementia won’t get the support they need. It’s very disappointing that this has not been recognised by Government in Budget 2015.”
Ms Hall said that recent budgets have included valuable funding for raising the awareness of dementia and implementing dementia care pathways, both of which are critical. However they need to be supported by funding to deal with the increasing demand. Without this funding the success of these campaigns will be undermined,” she said.
“We acknowledge that funding has been provided for residential services and education in recent budgets, but this alone is not enough. As the number of people with dementia continues to grow, funding is urgently needed for the home and community services and support people with dementia rely upon.”
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