Alzheimers NZ is responding to a call for countries to support dementia-friendly communities.
A report just released by Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) urges leaders and governments around the world to adopt dementia-friendly communities.
It is expected that, by 2050, 131.5 million people globally will be living with dementia. Of those 154,000 will be New Zealanders.
ADI released the report Dementia Friendly Communities: Key Principles and Global Developments at its International Conference in Budapest, showcasing more than 100 dementia-friendly projects across the world. New Zealand is featured in the report with Alzheimers NZ’s work towards a dementia-friendly New Zealand.
ADI Chair Glenn Rees said, “Benefits of dementia-friendly communities include not only improved access to health and care that are critical to the independence of people with dementia, but also to the everyday things in life such as banks, retail, volunteering, hobbies and leisure activities."
An Alzheimers NZ TV and online advertising campaign is encouraging Kiwis to get their heads around dementia. The campaign features the stories of people who have had a family member affected by dementia, including Kerry Prendergast and Colin Mathura-Jeffree.
“Understanding the condition is the first step to building communities where people with dementia are valued, can contribute and participate, and feel safe” says Alzheimers NZ Chief Executive Catherine Hall.
“We’re delighted to see our projects recognised on the world stage” she continued. "This report also shows that we are part of an international movement for a more dementia-friendly world.”
Later this year, Alzheimers NZ will launch a programme to help businesses become dementia-friendly.
Any business or facility (eg, libraries, cafes etc) willing to make tangible changes to create a positive and inclusive environment for people with dementia can be part of the programme.
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