about alzheimers whanganui

Are you increasingly forgetting appointments, peoples’ names and places?

Are you starting to feel you are not coping or have you or a family member been recently diagnosed with dementia?

Alzheimers Whanganui can help.

Alzheimers Whanganui takes a positive approach to living with dementia. We focus on what a person is still able to do rather than what has been lost.

We can help you.  Take that first step, contact us today

We are the only organisation in Whanganui, Rangitikei and Waimarino solely dedicated to making life better for all people affected by dementia -  Kia piki te ora mo nga tangata mate porewarewa.  Our Support service involves working with the person with dementia, the main carer; the extended family/whanau and the community.

Too often when a person has a diagnosis of dementia others see the dementia first.  They don’t see the PERSON LIVING with dementia.

Alzheimers Whanganui aims to strengthen the family by providing an understanding of dementia, supporting the person with dementia by focusing on what they are still able to do and providing information and support to families to empower them to make the right decisions at the right time.

We provide:

  • information, education, advocacy and support for both the person with dementia and the family/whanau carer/s.
  • Information on accessing health and home care services and support available to families at the various stages of the disease.
  • We also promote greater public awareness and understanding of dementia. Our staff are available to speak to community groups.

Alzheimers Whanganui has been supporting people affected by dementia for over 30 years, beginning in 1986 as a small, informal group of carers meeting at the hospital. Alzheimers Whanganui covers the Whanganui, Rangitikei and Waimarino region as far afield as Whanganui, Marton, Bulls, Taihape, Hunterville, Ohakune and Raetihi.

Alzheimers Whanganui is an autonomous organisation, becoming an Incorporated Society in 1990 and gaining Charities Commission registration on 23 August 2007. It is one of 21 Alzheimers organisations throughout the country who are all members of Alzheimers New Zealand and signatories to the Alzheimer’s New Zealand Code of Practice. The national body and its members work to a common Mission Statement, Code of Ethics and Aims.

As a not-for-profit organisation. We rely on community support to help us raise the funds needed to maintain our support services to meet the growing need for our services in Whanganui, Rangitikei and Waimarino. To donate to Alzhiemers Whanganui securely online please click here.

 our staff

Our executive committee meets regularly on the fourth Tuesday of each month.

President: Carolyn McCully
Secretary: Malcolm Hunt
Treasurer: Yvonne Wallis
Committee: Ailsa Stewart, Bronwyn Donald,Graham Juden, Margaret Roddick, Malcolm Hunt,  Trish Russell, Bobbie Bryce, Karen Noyes, Margaret Campion

Alzheimers Whanganui staff

Contact telephone number for all Alzheimers Whanganui Staff: (06) 345 8833 or 0800 004 001.

Wendy Paterson – Manager – 06 3458833 – 0272559987 – manager@alzheimerswhanganui.org.nz

Sharon Winduss – Office Manager – 063458833 – 0272949897 – admin@alzheimerswhanganui.org.nz

Maree Cairns – Diversional Therapist/Community Coordinator – 063458833 – 0226944978 – community@alzheimerswhanganui.org.nz

Marlene Wallace - Diversional Therapist/Community Coordinator - 063458833 - 0275574073 - livingwell@alzheimerswhanganui.org.nz


Alzheimers Whanganui has always relied on volunteers who regularly assist with driving the vans and assisting with the “The Group” outings. Others help with social activities, fundraising and other tasks when required. If you are interested in being a volunteer please contact us on (06) 345 8833.