Dementia Friendly Communities


New Zealand’s population is ageing. 25% of our population will soon be over 65.

The number of Kiwis with dementia is growing rapidly. Around 70,000 of us are living with dementia today, and this is predicted to almost triple by 2050.

While many assume that a person with dementia will be in secure care, 70% of New Zealanders with dementia live in our communities. People with dementia want to lead full and active lives doing the things they enjoy in their communities, just like all of us.

That is why improving and enhancing our communities to make them easier and safer to live in for people with dementia is the right thing to do.

A dementia-friendly community is one where people living with dementia can live, play, shop and work. A community where they can engage in activities and events that provide a sense of belonging, purpose and safety, just like the rest of us.

Download our Dementia Friendly Communities toolkit (PDF)