Personal Stories

Right now, two out of three people in New Zealand are affected in some way by dementia. Almost 60,000 kiwis have been diagnosed.

And those numbers are predicted to grow. By the year 2050, there will be an estimated 150,000 people diagnosed with dementia.

While symptoms of dementia commonly include changes in memory, thinking, behaviour, personality and emotions, it’s different for everyone. These changes affect a person’s ability to perform everyday tasks and interfere with their everyday lives.

It’s time for us to get our heads around dementia.

Colin's story
Colin opens up about his
grandmother’s dementia
and the important role of
talking about this disease.

Memories of forgetfulness
– Colin’s story
See it here.
Enzo's story
When he was nine, his father
started showing signs of

Growing up with dementia 
– Enzo’s story
See it here.
Kerry's story
Through her experience with
dementia, Kerry learnt getting
help early makes a huge

My dad and dementia
– Kerry’s story
See it here
Tania's story
Sigrun’s late husband Barry
showed the first signs of
dementia when he was
60 years old.

Love, Life and Dementia
– Sigrun’s story
See it here.

Tania’s husband was diagnosed
with Alzheimer’s disease at the
age of 48 – then things started
to make sense.

The penny drops
– Tania’s story
See it here.
Victoria's story
Victoria was 19 and overseas 
when she heard her father had 
early-onset Alzheimer’s disease.

Yep, my dad has dementia
– Victoria’s story
See it here.


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