LISTEN: Dementia New Zealand has launched a new campaign to raise funds to bridge the gap between what funding they get from the government and what is actually needed after a surge in demand for help.
September is World Alzheimer's Month. In New Zealand, around 70,000 Kiwis are living with dementia.
Dementia NZ chief executive Scott Arrol says around a third of their income is government funding.
"We must raise the other two-thirds ourselves or people with dementia will miss out.
“An increasing number of people with dementia and their carers are requiring community support services and the growing unmet need is significantly impacting on their quality of life as well as flowing into demands on the already overstretched health and social sectors," he says.
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In the next 25 years, the number of people who have dementia in New Zealand is forecast to increase to 170,000.
“There are more deaths globally and for NZ where dementia is involved, than COVID-19, cancer, heart disease or diabetes and it’s at far greater epidemic levels than Delta," Arrol says.
A study by 24 international experts has found that early intervention and care, as well as modifying lifestyle choices can slow and even prevent the disease occurring in later life for many.
Listen to the full interview with Scott Arrol above.