The impact of dementia in NZ

Key statistics

Almost 70,000 Kiwis are living with dementia today. 

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. 

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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. The report shows new models of care are needed urgently if the government wants to reduce the significant human and financial cost of the condition.

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View the media release.

Check out the previous reports

Dementia Economic Report 2012: View the report 
Dementia Economic Report 2008: 
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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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 Awareness and Understanding of Dementia in New Zealand Report         

      Download the May 2017 report (pdf)      

      Download the July 2015 report (pdf)

      Dowload the August 2014 Report (pdf) 

 Annual Reports         

      Download the 2016 report (pdf)      

      Download the 2017 report (pdf)