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 Kiwis helping to make NZ a kinder, more supportive, inclusive and understanding place for people living with dementia. It will only takes 20 minutes.

What does a Dementia Friend do?

A Dementia Friend learns about dementia and simple ways to help. Being a Dementia Friend doesn't have to take lots of your time - helping can be as simple as being kind and helpful to people during your day, thinking about how you communicate 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.

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 or family/whānau of someone with dementia you can call 0800 004 001 or contact your local organisation for help and support. 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.

Supported by the Nessbank Trust, proudly managed by Perpetual Guardian