Become a Dementia Friend



We want to build a Dementia Friendly Aotearoa New Zealand

By becoming a Dementia Friend you are joining a growing community of people helping to make NZ a kinder, more supportive, inclusive and understanding place for people living with dementia. It will only take you 20 minutes.

What does a Dementia Friend do?

A Dementia Friend learns about dementia and simple ways to help people living with dementia. Being a Dementia Friend doesn't have to take lots of your time - your action can be as simple as being kind and helpful to people during your day, wearing the badge or wristband or dropping round for a cuppa and a chat with someone living with dementia. Simple, small actions really do help!

“If I saw someone wearing a Dementia Friends badge or a wristband I would feel more comfortable to approach them.”

A bigger action might be giving up a couple of hours a week to help someone you know with dementia or to volunteer for your local organisation. Being a Dementia Friend doesn’t have to take lots of time. Simple small actions can make a huge difference. Learn more.

Dementia Friends tell us:

Your stories

Connections and friendships – Bronwyn’s story
"People with dementia live in the moment. They often can’t look forward or back, but they can still enjoy the present moment. That’s why the connections and friendships are so important. Even the smallest of actions can make a big difference." Read more

I'm worried and want help

If you have dementia or are the carer of someone with dementia help and support is available by phone on 0800 004 001 or through your local organisation. If you are worried that you or someone you know is showing signs of dementia, the best place to start is by talking to your GP/family doctor or practice nurse.