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Ruby's Choice film

By NZDF | Published on: 5/8/2022

A new Australian film focusing on a family’s experience of dementia opened in New Zealand cinemas on 4 August.

Requesting Expressions of interest (EOI) for the National Dementia Mate Wareware Leadership and Advisory Group

By NZDF | Published on: 25/7/2022

Te Whatu Ora Health New Zealand , in partnership with Te Aka Whai Ora Māori Health Authority, is seeking suitable applicants for seven positions on the National Dementia Mate Wareware Leadership and Advisory Group (DLG).

This is an exciting milestone in progressing the New Zealand Dementia Mate Wareware Action plan. We warmly encourage our NZ Dementia Foundation whānau to consider registering an expression of interest or nomination for this outstanding opportunity. 

Covid and Care webinar

By NZDF | Published on: 14/12/2021

Watch the Covid and Care webinar from December 2021

Dementia mate wareware action plan update

By NZDF | Published on: 30/9/2021

We are pleased to release our updated Dementia/Mate Wareware Action Plan.

Concussions in sport in the news

By NZDF | Published on: 21/5/2021

The concern over concussions and head injury in sport leading to increased dementia risk has spread to rugby, as a special New Zealand Herald feature explains.

Celebration Choir has recorded a song

By NZDF | Published on: 21/5/2021

The CeleBRation Choir, a community singing group for adults living with an acquired neurological condition, has recorded a song written especially for them called Celebration.


Kiwi Alister Robertson is the new chair of Dementia Alliance International.

By NZDF | Published on: 21/5/2021

Alister was diagnosed with younger onset Alzheimer’s in 2014 and has become a vocal advocate in New Zealand and internationally.

NZDF Briefing to Minister

By NZDF | Published on: 20/1/2021

The NZ Dementia Foundation  provided a briefing for the incoming Minister in December 2020: Dementia rising to the challenge.

Work inclusion action plan released

By NZDF | Published on: 20/8/2020

A new all-of-government Action Plan aims to help ensure an inclusive economic recovery from COVID-19 where  people with disabilities and health conditions can participate in employment as they want to, on an equal basis to others.

Dementia prevention 2020 report

By NZDF | Published on: 5/8/2020

An update to the 2017 Lancet Commission on dementia, prevention, intervention and care has been released.

Health and Disability System Review released

By NZDF | Published on: 23/6/2020

The Health Minister has released the final report of the Health and Disability System Review, which makes a series of far-reaching recommendations.

Loneliness may increase the risk of dementia

By NZDF | Published on: 23/6/2020

A new British research study suggests that loneliness, but not social isolation, predicts the development of dementia in older people.

Review of COVID clusters in NZ ARC released

By NZDF | Published on: 23/6/2020

The Ministry of Health has published the Independent Review of COVID-19 Clusters in Aged Residential Care Facilities report.

Music and dementia resources launched

By NZDF | Published on: 23/6/2020

A new website and free resources from the BBC focus on the uplifting potential of music for people living with dementia.

Dancing with dementia

By NZDF | Published on: 29/5/2020

A University of Auckland study aims to use dance as a means of combating dementia.

Dementia Action Plan for NZ

By NZDF | Published on: 27/5/2020

We are very pleased to share with you the newly launched Dementia Action Plan for NZ. 

Co-research special issue

By NZDF | Published on: 12/5/2020

The journal "Dementia" has produced a special issue that may be a world first: an issue where the first author of every article is a person living with dementia.

Scared but not prepared - NZ Survey

By NZDF | Published on: 9/5/2020

91% of New Zealanders are frightened of dementia, according to a survey by Public Trust and Dementia New Zealand released in August 2019.

New Zealand carers strategy action plan

By NZDF | Published on: 30/4/2020

The latest Carers’ Strategy Action Plan is focused on improving the wellbeing of the one in 10 New Zealanders who care for a loved one with a disability, health condition, illness or injury.

Best practice for young onset dementia report released

By NZDF | Published on: 30/4/2020

The Angela Project was the largest study of young onset dementia ever carried out in the UK and was designed to look at how post-diagnostic support for people living with young onset dementia and the accuracy of diagnosis can be improved.

Christchurch Symphony Orchestra engages with people living with dementia

By NZDF | Published on: 15/3/2020

For people with dementia, music can be a useful tool to help them connect with others and reduce social isolation. Flourish, a new initiative by the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra and Dementia Canterbury, aims to do just that. 

Otago Dementia Awareness Pilot launched

By NZDF | Published on: 15/3/2020

Alzheimers Otago’s launched a six-month pilot programme in February 2020 to help businesses to become more dementia friendly. 

BPAC publishes guidelines for recognising and managing early dementia

By NZDF | Published on: 15/3/2020

BPAC (Best Practice Advocacy Centre) released new New Zealand guidance on recognising and managing early dementia in February 2020. 

Brain blood flow research in the news

By NZDF | Published on: 4/2/2020

In January 2020, New Zealand Professor Julian Paton’s neurological research hit the headlines.