Take action on dementia

Dementia numbers are growing rapidly, and the government has no plan to deal with it.

Without some kind of a plan backed by government, many thousands of us will suffer needlessly from dementia and our economy will take a hit of $5 billion a year.

So, the dementia sector has written the NZ Dementia Action Plan – to help all of us who will be affected by dementia to live as well as possible.

But we need government to action the plan, to make it happen. And that’s where we need your help. 

We have some tools below to make it easy for everyone to get involved. 

Let's do all we can to improve life for those living with dementia.


Resources and information:

Dementia in NZ - facts and figures
NZ Dementia Action Plan 2020 to 2025
Briefing to the Incoming Minister 2020
The Dementia Declaration

Briefing to the Incoming Minister

Our Briefing urges the new Health Minister Andrew Little to act on Labour’s pre-election promise to ‘work with the (dementia) sector to implement the Dementia Action Plan’.

Current services are woefully inadequate and underfunded, and if the level of inequity and marginalisation associated with dementia occurred in any other sector of our society, there would be a public and political outcry.

Our briefing document to the Minister outlines four action areas government must address. They are:

  • Reducing the incidence of dementia
  • Supporting people to live their best possible lives
  • Building accepting and understanding communities
  • Strengthening leadership and capability across the dementia sector

Read the Briefing here

Watch again: Election Forum 2020

On Tuesday 28th July, we hosted a virtual Election Forum with representatives from the major political parties.

The event was screened on Facebook Live, with the discussion focused on how best to address the growing dementia challenge facing New Zealand, and the NZ Dementia Action Plan.

Please note, there are some minor sound quality issues at the beginning of the video which are fixed a couple of minutes in. Our apologies for this.

Participants included:

  • Michael Wood (Labour - Co-chair of the Parliamentary Friends of Dementia group)
  • Tracey Martin (New Zealand First spokesperson for Seniors)
  • Julie Anne Genter (Green Party spokesperson for Health)
  • Maggie Barry ONZM (National - Co-chair of the Parliamentary Friends of Dementia group)

Past campaigns

Understanding dementia

In 2017 we undertook a survey to find out more about the impact of dementia on New Zealanders. The findings showed that a clear majority of Kiwis think it is important that government takes action to address the looming dementia crisis New Zealand faces. Findings showed 81% of respondents know or had known someone with the condition, and almost 70% have or had a family member with dementia. Find out more here

Let's get our heads around dementia 

In 2016 we ran a campaign focusing on the personal stories of six Kiwis who have been affected by dementia, including Alzheimers NZ Champions for Dementia Colin Mathura-Jeffree and Kerry Prendergast. The six Kiwis shared personal experiences of their family members who have been diagnosed with the condition, with stories aired on TV and shared online through our website and YouTube channel. Find out more here.