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Awareness and Understanding of Dementia

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Key Statistics

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. 

More information

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 summary

View the media release.

Check out the previous reports

Dementia Economic Report 2012: View the report 

Dementia Economic Report 2008: View the report 


 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) 

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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