Become a Dementia Friend

To become a Dementia Friend click on the purple button above. For more information, please see below.

First up - Help for people with dementia and for carers

If you have dementia or are the carer of someone with dementia we have a wide range of information and support services on our website that you can easily access or download. You can also call 0800 004 001 for expert in person advice and support. Your local Alzheimers organisation are your local experts and you can find them here.

If you are worried…

If you are worried that you or someone you know is showing signs of dementia, the best place to start is by talking to your GP/family doctor or practice nurse. 

How to join Dementia Friends

Click here to start the online programme (it takes about 20 minutes).

By becoming a Dementia Friend you will be joining a growing community of people helping to make NZ a kinder, more supportive, inclusive and understanding place for people living with dementia.

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What is a Dementia Friend?

A Dementia Friend is someone who learns a bit about dementia and how they can help. Anyone can become a Dementia Friend. A Dementia Friend is someone like you.

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

How do I become a Dementia Friend?

Becoming a Dementia Friend is simple – just click here and work through our quick online programme. You will learn about dementia, meet Rita, Alister and Helen (three everyday Kiwis living well with dementia) and learn how you can help. We will ask you to commit to an action that is right for you. No action is too small, and of course, no action is too big. Even very small actions can make a big difference. 

Big or small, your action will count. This could be something simple like wearing your Dementia Friends badge or wristband, or dropping around for a cuppa and a chat with someone living with dementia in your community. A bigger action might be giving up a couple of hours a week to help someone you know with dementia or to volunteer for your local Alzheimers association. Just make the commitment that is right for you.

Why do we need Dementia Friends?

Dementia is one of New Zealand’s biggest and growing social and health issues. Over 70,000 Kiwis have dementia. Four out of five Kiwis know or have known someone with dementia, and there is still stigma, fear, discrimination and misunderstanding associated with dementia.

Dementia Friends is a social movement designed to engage Kiwis from all walks of life, right across NZ to start to learn how they can help, to raise awareness, increase understanding, grow inclusion and acceptance of people with dementia and to reduce stigma and discrimination.

"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." 

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 do an in person session, you can contact us here for more information. Please include your region in the subject line of your email e.g. Manawatu, Northland, Southland etc.

Questions and certificates

If you have any other questions please contact us on 04 387 8264 or by email.

If you do not receive your certificate when you finish the programme, please let us know by emailing