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Find out more about news and upcoming events below.


We are running our annual Countdown Collection appeal across Auckland this July. Dementia Auckland is getting ready for the July collection and we need volunteers. Want to get involved with us? Show your support for a loved one? Come along and support your community.

Date: 19th / 20th / 26th / 27th of July 2019

Time: 10am-6pm

Shift Duration: 2 hours

Location : Auckland Wide (North, East, South, Central, Waiheke, Rodney, West)

Positions available: Collectors & Area Coordinators

Follow the link to register and select your shift

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Celebrate a moment of joy with Dementia Auckland by getting together to enjoy a decadent high tea.

Saturday 18 May 2019

1:00pm - 3:00pm

Cordis Hotel

83 Symonds Street, Auckland 

Get Tickets here: magnoliahightea.eventbrite.co.nz 


About this Event

Includes a luxurious high tea, beverages, guest speakers, entertainment and a goodie bag.

For group tables of 4 or 10 please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Four out of five people in New Zealand are affected in some way by dementia - it impacts almost everyone.

Each year, 60 people benefit from Cognitive Stimulation Therapy, a form of treatment that's proven to have a positive impact on memory, mood and quality of life for those living with dementia.

With your support, we hope to double this number and help even more families make the most of every moment.

Places are limited so book your seats early.


Get Tickets here: magnoliahightea.eventbrite.co.nz 

Get your sneakers on, and your steps in, for a great cause.

Join us for the 2019 Walk for Dementia – an opportunity to walk in memory, or support, of a loved one living with dementia.

There will be refreshments and entertainment to enjoy in the fresh air with your friends and family – and plenty of opportunities to donate, challenge your friends or family to help you fundraise. As well as the pride of being our biggest fundraiser, your support will mean that even more people affected by dementia in your community can access our services.

Register with your family or friends now.:




“We wish to thank Alzheimers NZ for providing Dementia Auckland with some funding from September 2018 to September 2019.  This funding is being provided by Alzheimers NZ from a pool of donations received in the Auckland region, thus returning donor funds to support frontline services in the region they were raised.  Dementia Auckland will apply these funds to its DHB-unfunded Socialisation Service, thus this is a contribution from Alzheimers NZ to help make this programme possible.” - Paul Sullvian, CEO 



Have you always dreamed of being a Christmas elf? Are you really good at gift wrapping? Or are you just part of a community group, workplace, or family wanting to do some good to help people with dementia?

It costs Dementia Auckland $600 to provide one person living with dementia with free specialist services for a year. With only 45% of our funding provided by government, we desperately need help to make up the rest and meet growing demand.

This Christmas, as part of Remember December, all the proceeds from gift wrapping at Sylvia Park and LynnMall will be coming straight to Dementia Auckland – but first we need groups of volunteers to do the wrapping and spread some Christmas cheer!

Register your interest now at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd0M948Ekczdc_tyLk-JHBfx5OWy0CVS4XpxgKF0Q1BOv8p2g/viewform?usp=sf_link if you can organise your community group, some colleagues, or a bunch of family and friends to take on a few shifts or days of gift wrapping between the 3rd December and Christmas.
Training can be provided if needed, and it will be a fantastic way to spend time with colleagues or loved ones doing some good. It only needs to be for a couple of hours each – but the impact will be huge!

Thanks to everyone who attended our Symposium 2018: Let's Talk About Dementia. It was another fantastic event, with a huge amount of knowledge gained from very experienced and engaging speakers, and some incredibly moving personal stories as well. An enormous thank you must go to all our speakers, and to our very generous sponsor, Westpac.

Download presentations from the day:


Did you know that there are currently 15,000 people with dementia in the greater Auckland region – and that this number is expected to double over the next 15 to 20 years?

Get Together For Dementia is an easy way for people across Auckland throughout the month of September to support people living with dementia in our community. Why not hold a morning tea at your work place, rest home or club where everyone brings a plate and makes a donation? Or have a dress-up day in the office, have everyone make a $10 donation and give out prizes for best (or worst) dressed.

Create a fundraising event to suit you!

1) REGISTER – Sign up and we'll send you a free fundraising pack with tea, coffee and other goodies to help you make the most of your event. 

2) PLAN – Whether it is a shared lunch or morning tea, mufti-day, trivia night or simply a cuppa with some friends, get planning and start inviting!

3) FUNDRAISE – Set a fundraising goal for your event – whether your fundraising goal is $50 or $5,000, every bit helps! Send the link to your friends and colleagues.

4) HAVE FUN – Know that you are helping provide specialised services FREE of charge to people with dementia right across Auckland.

It's an easy way to make a difference in your community – thanks for your helping us to support people living with dementia by holding a Get Together For Dementia event.

Register now.

My wife Amrita and I were living in Qatar with our son Sanesh when the first warning signs started appearing in Amrita’s behaviour. She began demonstrating some eccentric ways of thinking, and would do things like wear her clothes inside out.
Amrita is a music teacher by trade, and taught at international schools in a range of different countries. After Qatar, we moved on to Shanghai, where the realisation set in that something was wrong… but blood tests and x-rays all came back fine.
But the sense that maybe it was something that perhaps wouldn’t be found in those sorts of tests came to us after an evening out for drinks with friends. Amrita asked the same person the same question five or six times. Our friend thought she was just tipsy – but we realised something else was amiss since she hadn’t had more than two drinks, so we booked in to see a neurologist.
The initial perspective from medical staff in Shanghai was that she couldn’t have Alzheimer’s because of her age and the fact that she was still able to play complex music on the piano. We returned to New Zealand and visited a GP; within minutes they performed a test and confirmed our worst fear – Amrita had Alzheimer’s.
It was 2015. We returned to Shanghai, and Amrita attempted to go back to her classroom role, but ultimately had to resign, which was a huge blow for her – she had been teaching for 33 years! Coming back to New Zealand, she was still keen to continue teaching if possible, but again, the deck was stacked against her and she wasn’t able to start the role she was initially offered.
Our battle began. With support from WINZ and Dementia Auckland, however, we started to make progress. The CST (Cognitive Stimulation Therapy) programme was a major breakthrough, and I was thrilled to see some real change in Amrita and the
others in her group. Harnessing her love of music has also been important, with plenty of opportunities provided for her to play the piano – whether at home, at retirement centres or at the Papakura Salvation Army, where she volunteers, or a Toastmasters meeting that she attends every second Thursday. It’s just amazing to see her remember her old favourites, and see how her music touches other people too. Sharing music is a way of helping her and helping others too.
Sanesh, our son, was 15 when Amrita’s symptoms started really developing. He’s now at university and has continued to be amazingly strong and supportive throughout this journey. Before we did this years Walk for Dementia, he even shared a short piece about Amrita’s battle on Facebook, the first time that we had shared anything about it with anyone other than close friends and family. There was an outpouring of support and love; ultimately we had about 30 people walking with us on the day, and donations came in from friends and family around the world. 
Being open about Amrita’s dementia has helped a great deal – and has allowed us to see that you can live with dementia and still live your life. It has been a huge learning curve for us all, but by sharing our story, we know we can help others, and one another.
Register to take part in Get Together For Dementia so we can help more people living with dementia in our community like Amrita.

Dementia is something that affects so many of us – in fact, research shows that two out of three Kiwis will be affected by dementia in their lifetimes.

And yet, so often, we’re afraid to talk about it. People in the early stages of dementia don’t want to tell others that they have it, and people whose partners or parents are showing signs of dementia may remain in denial about it for some time. Dementia can be so isolating – not least because it’s rare to hear much about it!

The 2018 Dementia Auckland Symposium is being held on Sunday 19 August at Waipuna Hotel & Conference Centre, and with a theme of 'Let's Talk About Dementia', it's sure to be a good one, helping us lift the shame and stigma of dementia so that people can talk more freely about this common condition and the ways it can be managed.

Every year the Symposium is a must for anyone who is affected by dementia in any way, and this year is no exception, with fantastic speakers sharing their expertise and research around dementia. 

Don't miss out – register now by emailing Courtney on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Entry is via koha.