A Dementia Friendly New Zealand

Dementia is one of NZ’s most significant healthcare and social service challenges, and yet there is very little discussion or acknowledgement of its everyday impacts. Most people with dementia live in our communities. They shop, work, eat out, catch the bus, go to the library and do everything else we all enjoy doing.  

To make a difference to the lives of people living with dementia, their carers, and families; Alzheimers NZ and local Alzheimers organisations have adopted a ‘Dementia Friendly NZ’ as our mission.  

We want New Zealand to be an open and inclusive society - a place where people with dementia feel valued and safe, and where they can contribute to and participate in their communities.

As part of our Dementia Friendly campaign, we will deliver a number of programmes and initiatives that contribute to towards a dementia-friendly NZ. 

Join us to make New Zealand Dementia Friendly!

Dementia Friends

Dementia Friends learn about dementia and the impact it has. They then make a commitment to action to help those living with dementia to live well. Dementia Friends choose the action or actions they are comfortable with and able to offer. Best of all, anyone can be a Dementia Friend.

Click here to become a Dementia Friend


Dementia Friendly Recognition Programme

The Dementia Friendly Recognition Programme is a way for organisations and businesses in NZ to become accredited as Dementia Friendly. Any business or organisation can become Dementia Friendly – such as cafes, libraries, banks or shops. 

Click here to find out more