The impact of dementia in NZ

Key facts

Almost 70,000 Kiwis are living with dementia today. 

More than 170,000 Kiwis will be living with dementia by 2050

Dementia impacts more women than men - around 30% higher

The total cost of dementia to NZ is now around $1.7b and will reach around $5b by 2050

New models of care that keep people healthier at home for longer could achieve cost benefit ratios of 6.6 times the value of investment. 

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This is our story
A qualitative research report on living with dementia

This report tells the story of the diverse lives and experiences of 49 New Zealanders living with dementia and explores what it means to them to live well with dementia. Alzheimers NZ commissioned this report with Litmus to share these experiences – with other people living with dementia, for those supporting people with dementia, and with decision-makers.

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Report - We must do better
Respite in New Zealand

In the 2013 census, 430,000 New Zealanders, 10 percent of the population, identified as carers, looking after approximately 1.1 million New Zealanders living with disabilities. New Zealand’s respite care system is in crisis and needs urgent attention. This report, prepared by the New Zealand Carers Alliance in association with Alzheimers NZ and IHC, documents the significant problems facing the respite system, many parts of which are broken and need fixing. The report outlines eight steps government must take to address those problems, including three priority areas that require immediate action.

Read the report (PDF)


Dementia Economic Impact Report 2016

According to the Dementia Economic Impact Report updated 2016, more than 170,000 Kiwis will be living with dementia by 2050. The report shows new models of care are needed urgently if the government wants to reduce the significant human and financial cost of the condition.

View the report
View the summary
View the media release.

Check out the previous reports

Dementia Economic Report 2012: View the report 
Dementia Economic Report 2008: 
View the report 

New Zealand Framework for Dementia Care

This publication provides DHBs and the health and social support sectors with a guide for developing their dementia care pathways. The framework has three guiding principles.

Published online 20 November 2013

See more here (external website)

Annual Reports

Alzheimers NZ is the lead organisation at a national level representing people living with dementia. Established over 30 years ago, Alzheimers NZ focuses on raising awareness of dementia, supporting people with dementia to live well, and advocating for more and better services for all New Zealanders affected by dementia.

Read the 2018 report
Read the 2017 report
Read the 2016 report


Awareness and Understanding of Dementia in New Zealand Report         

      Download the May 2017 report (pdf)      

      Download the July 2015 report (pdf)

      Dowload the August 2014 Report (pdf)