Alzheimers Canterbury

Meet Dave O’Neil. Dave is an avid cyclist always on the look-out for the next challenge. In 2009 he cycled from Perth to Sydney as a way of staying fit. In 2012 it was Oregon to New York – this time he wanted to raise some money for charity. Working within the Aged Care industry, Alzheimers Canterbury seemed the perfect choice. Dave met some wonderful people as he raised awareness of Dementia along the way wearing his cycling shirt with the logo – “Dementia, Talk about it”. 

This time he will be accompanied some of the way by family – daughter Loredana (pictured), nephew Tim and friend from the US ride Marty.  Partner Mary Anne is a long-time supporter of Dave’s crazy adventures will be closely following progress from home.

Support Dave and his crew on this epic venture, and support Alzheimers Canterbury to continue offering support and education services for people affected by dementia living in the community.

Click here to donate and follow Dave’s travels on his Facebook page and on Alzheimers Canterbury's Facebook page.

'I sing for Alzheimers'

Alzheimers Canterbury is delighted to support the launch of this beautiful CD. Kate Sproule is a 13 year old Canterbury school girl who has written three very personal songs as a tribute to honour her Grandmother who has dementia.

Kate has generously donated all proceeds from the sale of her CDs to Alzheimers Canterbury.

They are available to purchase either:
- By visiting our offices at 314 Worcester Street, Christchurch (8.30am – 4.30pm weekdays) - $10.00 each
- Or Deposit $12.50 (includes postage/handling) into Acc 12 3240 0097 861 00 (please ensure your reference details show “CD/ and your name”) then email with your name and address you wish to have the CD sent to.

Thanks for supporting Alzheimers Canterbury and the amazing initiative and talent of Kate Sproule.

About Alzheimers Canterbury

In the early 1980s there was little public awareness of Alzheimer’s disease in New Zealand and virtually no support services were available to people with dementia and their carers. This prompted a small group of Christchurch social workers to form the first ever support group in New Zealand dedicated to helping people care for those with dementia.

Support groups for carers remain an integral part of Alzheimers Canterbury and as the organisation has grown and developed, it has incorporated the important roles of education, volunteering, advocacy and support to all people affected by dementia. Alzheimers Canterbury's services have now been extended and now covers the West Coast, Ashburton region, North Canterbury and Kaikoura.



Our Social Work service is an integral part of the support offered by Alzheimers Canterbury to people diagnosed with dementia and their families/whānau.

The social work team can assist people with:

  • understanding dementia
  • coming to terms with a diagnosis
  • adapting to changes within relationships
  • grief and loss related to change
  • education and information
  • future planning
  • reducing stress and social isolation
  • managing behavioural changes
  • legal and financial issues
  • abuse/neglect
  • providing Total Mobility Taxi Vouchers


Support Groups

Alongside individual and family casework, our social workers also facilitate a number of groups thro…

Education and Information

Alzheimers Canterbury has a range of education courses available to people (family members, friends,…

The Team

Staff The contact for all Alzheimers Canterbury’s staff is (03) 379 2590 or 0800 004 001. Please…

Support Us

Sponsors Alzheimers Canterbury gratefully acknowledges the support of the attached funders…

Contact Us

Phone: 03 379 2590 
FreePhone (including Ashburton and Kaikoura):   0800 004 001

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