2015 World Alzheimer's Day

World Alzheimer’s Day is a time to remember all New Zealanders affected by dementia, their families, carers and friends.

While there’s a greater understanding of the social and economic impact of dementia globally, our attention must be on improving the quality of life of people with dementia and their families.

This is not just a question of access to timely diagnosis of dementia and to support and care but ensuring that people with dementia are not discriminated against in access to healthcare, and that they have the opportunity to be engaged in our communities in education, voluntary and paid work, and sporting and recreational activities.

If we are to reduce the stigma and social isolation that too often accompanies a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease or another cause of dementia, we must continue to do everything we can to remember the people with dementia in our communities.

Catherine Hall
Executive Director
Alzheimers NZ