With the General Election just around the corner, Alzheimers NZ has written to each political party seeking information about their policy and plans to respond to the challenge that dementia presents.
Dementia is one of New Zealand’s most significant and growing healthcare challenges. There is a lot to be done if we are to meet this challenge, and the solutions are both large and complex. Working together collectively as a sector is critical if we are to address this challenge and improve the lives of people affected by dementia. Urgent action is needed:
1. To build a dementia friendly New Zealand
2. To lift the quality of care and support that people affected by dementia receive
3. To strengthen community and home-based support for people affected by dementia
4. For more investment in research.
And, as we have done in so many other fields, showing that we have both the heart and capacity to take a leadership role in responding to the challenge that dementia presents.
We have asked each party to provide information about their policy and plans in response to the following questions:
- What will you do to promote and support a New Zealand Dementia Strategy?
- What will you do to encourage and promote a dementia-friendly NZ?
- What will you do to strengthen community and home-based support for people affected by dementia?
- What will you do to lift the quality of care and support for people affected by dementia?
- How will you increase the investment in research into dementia?
- How will you establish New Zealand’s leadership role in respect of dementia?
As we receive responses to these questions we will post them here for your information.
A full copy of the briefing paper is available here
The World Health Organisation has released new information about the link between smoking and dementia. See Alzheimers NZ's response to the information below.
Alzheimers New Zealand says New Zealand dementia experts agree that not smoking is one of several key lifestyle choices that people can take to lower their risk of dementia in later life.
“Becoming or remaining smoke-free sits alongside adopting a healthier diet and managing our weight, managing diabetes and other diseases that can affect our brains, exercising and keeping active, and stimulating our brains by keeping socially active and challenging ourselves,” Alzheimers NZ Executive Director Catherine Hall says.
“Smoking is a risk factor for many health problems and it is becoming clearer that dementia is another important one of these.
New Zealand is one of the countries in the world where community and government efforts to reduce smoking have begun to have some impact on our exposure to harmful smoke, but as individuals and families this is ultimately up to us.”
Anyone concerned that they or someone close to them is showing signs of dementia should see their doctor for a full assessment. Support, advice and education is available from your local Alzheimers organisation by calling 0800 004 001. Information and resources for people affected by dementia is also provided by Alzheimers NZ at www.alzheimers.org.nz
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