Where to go for help

There is lots of support available for people affected by dementia right throughout the country.


Your local Alzheimers organisation can advise you on the services available to you in your local community. You could also talk to your doctor for further assistance.

Services in your community might include:

  • information, education, support and advocacy services offered through your local Alzheimers organisation
  • support through your Needs Assessment and Service Coordination Service (NASC), such as:
    • assistance with household tasks
    • assistance with personal care needs, such as showering, dressing or supervising your medication
    • day programmes
    • carer relief
    • respite services
    • residential care
    • support with ready-made meals
    • subsidised taxi chits to help with transport costs.

Call 0800 004 001 to reach your local Alzheimers organisation or find their contact details here.

DAI Online Support Groups

Dementia Alliance International (DAI) facilitates weekly online peer-to-peer support groups in the a number of different time zones. Each group has two or three hosts to ensure there is aways someone available. Read more about the DAI Online Support Groups here. 

Other dementia services

Needs assessment and Service Co-ordination (NASC) services

NASC services are organisations contracted by your local DHB to work alongside people in the community who require support services to either remain living in the community or to transition into residential care.

When the time is right, you can contact your local NASC agency or be referred via your GP or other health professional.  A case manager will then make contact with you and your family to determine what support services are required.  These may include:

  • Home help
  • Personal care (showering, dressing, medication management)
  • Respite care
  • Carer relief
  • Day programs
  • Residential care

If you are under 65 you can find your local NASC agency here.