Become a Dementia Friend


How to sign up

By becoming a Dementia Friend, you’ll be joining a growing community of people helping to make New Zealand a more supportive, inclusive and understanding place for people living with dementia. Find out more about Dementia Friends below, and when you're ready, click the button above to begin the programme. 

Please note if someone else who uses the same email as you has signed up as a Dementia Friend already, you will need to use a different email address to join us. If you do not receive your certificate when you finish the programme, please let us know by emailing

What is a Dementia Friend?

Four out of five New Zealanders are affected by dementia, making it one of New Zealand’s biggest and growing social and health issues. And there is still stigma, discrimination, and a misunderstanding associated with dementia.

Our new and exciting Dementia Friends programme aims to change that by helping people learn about dementia and how they can help.

Dementia Friends has been informed and shaped by the voices and input of Kiwis living with dementia.

By becoming a Dementia Friend, you’ll learn more about dementia and the impact it has. By making a commitment to a follow up action, you will be helping people with dementia to live well.

Best of all, anyone can be a Dementia Friend.

Becoming a Dementia Friend

Becoming a Dementia Friend is simple – just click the purple button above and work through our quick online programme.  You will get to learn about dementia, meet Rita, Helen and Alister, three everyday kiwis living well with dementia, and learn how you can help.

By committing to an action, you will help to make a positive difference for people living with dementia. Even very small actions can make a big difference. 

Big or small – your action will count. This could be something small, like wearing your Dementia Friends badge or wristband or dropping round for a cuppa with a person living with dementia in your community. A bigger action might be giving up a couple of hours a week to volunteer for your local Alzheimer association.

Just make the commitment that’s right for you.

"I’ve just completed your Dementia Friends programme and want to say a big thank you for such an accessible and informative program. It will really help me in my role as a Driving Miss Daisy operator as I feel more confident in offering support to my clients with dementia. Thanks again." Vickie

Face to Face programme

The online programme is quick and easy to complete. Still, we understand that it may not work for everyone. If you would prefer to complete this programme in person, you can contact our programme coordinator here for more information. Please include your region in the subject line of your email e.g. Manawatu, Northland, Southland etc.

If you have any other questions about the Dementia Friends programme, feel free to contact us 04 387 8264 or email

If you are worried that you or someone you know is showing signs of dementia, see your GP for a full assessment. For information and support, contact your local Alzheimers organisation.