Dementia-friendly Communities

Alzheimer’s New Zealand say that the first step to creating dementia-friendly communities is to get our heads around it, and yet 38% of New Zealander’s don’t know much about dementia or what causes it.Source – Bupa Attitudes to Ageing survey 2016.We can change that.

Dementia Commitment

Learn more about dementia, how you could reduce your risk of it, and make a Dementia Commitment to help to build a dementia-friendly New Zealand by taking our short online course.

Developed by Professor Graham Stokes, Bupa’s Global Director of Dementia Care, Dementia Commitment is free, interactive and only takes around 20 minutes.

A Dementia Commitment could be anything no matter how big or small. From supporting your local Alzheimer’s charity by taking part in a memory walk, being kind to someone you know who is living with dementia, to getting your friends and family to learn more about dementia and make their own Dementia Commitment. Every commitment could help to build a dementia-friendly New Zealand.

To learn more about dementia and make a Dementia Commitment to help build a dementia-friendly New Zealand, take our short online course – it’s free and only takes around 20 minutes.

What is a dementia-friendly community?

A dementia-friendly community is a geographic area, be that a village, town or city, where people living with dementia and their carers feel understood, supported and respected. They feel confident that they can contribute to community life. A dementia-friendly community is a community made up of dementia-friendly individuals, businesses, organisations, services, and faith communities that support the needs of people with dementia. Source – Alzheimer’s Society Code of practice for the recognition of dementia-friendly communities in England.

Read about how we held a dementia-friendly Christmas carol concert just recently.


Dementia friendly first steps in Rotorua

First Steps to a Dementia-Friendly Rotoura

Bupa is part of a dementia-friendly steering group supported by Rotorua Lakes Council. The aim of the group is to create a dementia-friendly Rotorua.

Find out more in the First Steps to a Dementia-Friendly Rotorua report (pdf, 779kb)







Could we have a dementia-friendly society by 2030?

Looking ahead to 2030, the number of people with dementia around the world is estimated to increase from 46 million today, to 75 million.

Source: World Alzheimer Report 2015.

If we wish to achieve a vision of a society which puts people first, culturally and within communities, living spaces, workplaces, and care environments, then we must start today.

Download our report and infographics to see how different elements of society could develop to create dementia-friendly communities.

Read our report, 2030 – A vision for a dementia-friendly society (pdf, 3.9MB)

Dementia friendly society

To find out more about each of the areas in the infographic, please click on the links below:



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