New Zealand data

Awareness and Understanding of Dementia

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Key Statistics

Two out of every three New Zealanders is touched by dementia.

85% of New Zealanders over 60 are touched by dementia.

60,000 Kiwis have dementia & that number is expected to almost triple by 2050.

The total financial cost of dementia in New Zealand is $1 billion


Dementia is an umbrella term used to describe a group of symptoms that change and damage the brain.

The most common symptoms include changes in: memory, thinking, behaviour, personality and emotion.

Anyone can get dementia but the likelihood increases as people age.

Dementia is progressive and cannot be prevented, cured or slowed. 

More information


 Awareness and Understanding of Dementia in New Zealand Report


      Download the July 2015 report (pdf)

      Dowload the August 2014 Report (pdf) 

New Zealand Framework for Dementia Care

This publication provides DHBs and the health and social support sectors with a guide for developing their dementia care pathways.  The framework has three guiding principles.

Published online 20 November 2013

See more here (external website)

Dementia Economic Impact Report 2012

According to the Dementia Economic Impact Report updated 2012, it is estimated that there are 53,502 people with dementia in New Zealand, which is forecast to triple to around 150,000 by 2050.

See more here.

Dementia Economic Impact Report 2008

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