Alzheimers New Zealand was founded in 1986 and has been a member of ADI since 1987.
Alzheimers New Zealand supports 14 local organisations throughout the country, each of which is a member of Alzheimers NZ.
They are proud of the fact that the voices of people living with dementia remain at the heart of everything they do, starting with Alzheimers NZ having had a person with dementia on their Board since 2006. This focus has continued with the launch of the National Dementia Strategy in 2010, and most recently, the New Zealand Dementia Action Plan, which was presented to government in May 2020.
They believe lived experience is the vehicle for change, so, in 2019, they launched the Dementia Declaration, which sets out what people living with dementia need to live well. In the same year, they also released a landmark research report into the lived experience of dementia, This is our story.
National programmes provided by Alzheimers New Zealand include:
- Dementia Friendly NZ projects
- The Dementia Learning Centre
- Research and policy advice
- Practical resources and support
- A biennial Conference
- Awareness raising
- Dementia Services and Standards
This work is supported by the Alzheimers NZ Advisory Group, Mate Wareware Advisory Rōpū and Clinical and Scientific Advisory Group.
Services provided by local Alzheimers organisations include:
- Caregiver meetings
- Day Care
- Dementia Care Training
- Educational events
- Memory cafés
- Meaningful engagements/activities
- Resources (fact sheets, reading materials)
- Support groups
- Training for carers