2016 World Alzheimer's Month

September is World Alzheimer’s Month and we have a month of events planned around the country. 

World Alzheimer's Month in New Zealand is about raising awareness, helping to create more dementia-friendly communities and giving a voice to people living with dementia. 

Here's our programme of events:

Thursday 1 September

Gisborne: Alzheimers Gisborne fundraiser ‘Spud in a Bucket Competition’ has begun. Residents are invited to participate in the fundraiser and purchase a Spud in a Bucket pack for $10. Prizes supplied by Bunnings Warehouse for the most potatoes and heaviest bucket.

Contact Dan Staley on 868-8422 to purchase your Spud in a Bucket kit.

Tuesday 6 September

Dunedin: Alzheimers Otago’s Julie Butler speaking on Head Space, Otago Access Radio, at 12.30pm on OAR 105.4FM and 1575AM, and live and podcast from www.oar.org.nz

Auckland: Lighting up AFFINITY Light Sculpture in Aotea Square (on every night 5-11pm, 6-22 September)

Contact Alzheimers NZ at comms@alzheimers.org.nz for details

Friday 9 September

Alzheimers Hastings Golf Tournament (invite)

Saturday 10 September

Wellington: Special screening of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Roxy Cinema, Miramar

See roxycinema.co.nz for tickets

Monday 12 September-Saturday 17 September

Alzheimers Wairarapa street appeal

Wednesday 14 September


Lower Hutt: Dementia, Sexuality and Ethics presentation, Education Centre, Kenepuru Hospital

Phone Alzheimers Wellington for details 04 939 0133

Wellington: Alzheimers NZ will have a booth at the Stakeholders Networking for Action-Research Partnership (SNAP) event. This participatory day focuses on working on the challenges needed to achieve ageing well.

Please visit www.ageingwellchallenge.co.nz/snap-2016/ or email ageingwell@otago.ac.nz for more details. 

Friday 16 September

Wellington: Alzheimers NZ Chief Executive Catherine Hall speaking at Association of Gerontology conference

Palmerston North: Alzheimers Manawatu open evening, 6-7pm, Marion Kennedy Centre, Speaker: Professor Louise Nicholson, Brain Research Centre NZ, phone Alzheimers Manawatu for details: 06 357 9539

Whangarei: Brain Research New Zealand Q&A Session, 2pm, Barge Showgrounds

Contact Kevin Salmon at Kevin.salmon@alzheimers.org.nz for details.

Alzheimers Northland street appeal

Alzheimers Napier street appeal

Memory Walks

Levin: Adventure Park, 10am

Hastings: Windsor Park, 10.30am

Saturday 17 September

Memory Walks

Tauranga: 10.30am at Coronation Park, Mount Maunganui

Rotorua: 10am at Te Runanga Tea Rooms, Government Gardens

Whanganui: 10.30am at River Traders Market, Taupo Quay

Palmerston North: 11am at The Square

Masterton: 10am at the Horseshoe Farriers car park

Blenheim: 10am at Munro Street car park

Timaru: 11am at Botanic Gardens

Masterton: 2pm Public Forum, Solway Show grounds. There will be a key note speaker, BBQ, raffles and Memory Tree.

Contact the Alzheimers Wairarapa Office with any enquiries 06 377 7522

Sunday 18 September

Memory Walks

Kaitaia: 11am at Community House

Kerikeri: 12pm at Kerikeri Domain

Whangarei: 12pm at The Bridge Canopy, Town Basin

Dargaville: 12pm at Countdown supermarket

Whakatane: 2pm at Whakatane Amphitheatre

Taupo: 10am at Old Scout Den

New Plymouth: 10am at East End Reserve, Nobs Line (outside skating rink)

Wellington: 1.30pm at Waitangi Park

Nelson: 12.30pm at Founders Park

Dunedin: 11.30am outside Dental School

Invercargill: 12pm at Feldwick Gates, Queens Park

Tuesday 20 September

Wellington: Launch of the 2016 World Alzheimers Report, 10.30am, Aronui Lecture Theatre, Royal Society of New Zealand, contact comms@alzheimers.org.nz

New Plymouth: Public Forum, 10am at New Plymouth District Council Chambers

Speaker: Phil Wood, Brain Research Clinic

Contact Alzheimers Taranaki at 06 769 6916 for details

Thursday 22 September

Memory Walk

Napier: 11am at Clive Square Cenotaph

Alzheimers Wellington Street Appeal

Whakatane: Alzheimers Eastern Bay of Plenty ‘Living with Dementia’ forum. Registrations begin at 8.30am at Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi, Rongo-o-Awa, McAlister Street, Entrance ‘H’, Whakatane, Speaker: Associate Professor Maurice Anthony Curtis. To register contact Heather at Alzheimers Society Eastern Bay of Plenty on 07 308 0525.

Saturday 24 September

Alexandra: Alzheimers Otago at Blossom Festival parade

Phone Alzheimers Otago at 03 471 6154 for details

Alzheimers Wellington street appeal

Wednesday 28 September

New Plymouth: Launching a new monthly coffee morning “Alzheimers Café Cuppa and Scone”

Contact Alzheimers Taranaki at 06 769 6916 for details