Awareness and Understanding of Dementia
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More than 170,000 Kiwis will be living with dementia by 2050
Dementia impacts more women than men - around 30% higher
The total cost of dementia to NZ is now around $1.7b and will reach around $5b by 2050
New models of care that keep people healthier at home for longer could achieve cost benefit ratios of 6.6 times the value of investment.
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.
Dementia Economic Impact Report 2016
According to the Dementia Economic Impact Report updated 2016, more than 170,000 Kiwis will be living with dementia by 2050.
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View the media release.
Check out the previous reports
Dementia Economic Report 2012: View the report
Dementia Economic Report 2008: View the report
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
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