How can we help?

Dementia is a condition of growing concern in New Zealand. With baby boomers approaching a certain age and people living longer generally, we are going to see a significant increase in the number of dementia cases in this country.

There are an estimated 20,000 people affected by dementia in the greater Auckland area, these levels are anticipated to triple by 2050 and cost the New Zealand economy $4.5 billion dollars overall. A recent survey conducted by Dementia New Zealand found that 91% of New Zealanders are frightened of the condition.
Dementia is now one of the leading causes of death amongst older adults in New Zealand. It has never been more important for us to understand, and tackle, the largest health and social challenge of our time.

A diagnosis of dementia deeply affects each and every one it touches

The significance of a dementia diagnosis reaches beyond the individual affected. Families, networks and communities have a role to play in ensuring that we provide a safe and supportive society. A diagnosis can be a confusing and distressing time for everyone.

In the early stages of dementia, people need to be encouraged by their friends and family to maintain their usual activities. Even as the dementia progresses, with the right support and modifications, they can continue to engage in purposeful activities and meaningful relationships.

Through awareness, education and support, it’s our mission to help improve the quality of life for those affected by dementia – not only the individuals, but also their main support person, whānau and support networks. All services provided by Dementia Auckland to the Auckland region are FREE of charge. The Dementia Auckland team is committed to ensuring that the right support, advice and information are available at the right time.

Our Services Include:

  1. Advisory Service
    • one on one consultations
    • assessment and goal planning – a Dementia Auckland Keyworker will liaise with a support person to discuss their loved one’s situation, and share recommendations on what help is needed.
    • home visits – a local Dementia Auckland Keyworker will come to your home and help you understand how to make your home – and your lifestyle – more dementia-friendly.
    • telephone consultation – our 0800 national toll free helpline is supported by a team trained in dementia care. We’re available to discuss any concerns you may have – no question is too big or small. Open Monday to Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm.
  2. Monthly Support Groups – on average 25 support groups are help each month throughout the Auckland region.
  3. Education Programmes – these include carer education programmes, masterclasses and side-by-side learning to help both the person diagnosed and carers cope by providing practical advice including developing their understanding, communication strategies, managing their own wellbeing and the various stages of the disease.
  4. Community-based Socialisation Groups – people living with dementia can come together and socialise. This gives carers much-needed respite from day-to-day challenges.
  5. Information and Resources – including quarterly newsletters, information sheets, booklets and our website.
  6. Professional Education – providing education to other professionals (including health care providers, residential service providers and home care workers) involved in the care of people with dementia. This helps them to upskill so they can provide better services to the community.
  7. Public Talks – speaking to community groups raises awareness, provides greater understanding and assists in reducing the stigma of dementia.

Our Work

  • Dementia Auckland is a fundamental free service that helps families navigate through what can be an emotional and stressful time by providing practical advice, education and support.
  • Dementia Auckland Key Workers provide personalised one-on-one support to both carers and families. They undertake home visits or are at the end of the phone to offer advice. They also equip carers with the skills needed to get through each day and reduce their anxiety.
  • Our team of eight Key Workers delivered 2,600 face-to-face visits as part of nearly 15,000 contacts (including telephone support) during the last financial year.
  • We currently work with 2,500 families across the Auckland region. Increased funding will enable us to expand our service and provide vital support to more people.