Dementia-Friendly Rotorua

Dementia is a progressive condition which means symptoms such as memory loss, trouble talking, feeling confused or disorientated, will worsen over time. Dementia is a broad term that describes a set of symptoms that develop as a result of damage to the brain. The most common form of dementia is Alzheimer’s disease.

It affects the lives of about 750 Rotorua residents and those who care for them.

How can you help create a dementia-friendly Rotorua? 

Your support can positively change the lives of Rotorua residents living with dementia and those who care for them.You can help in a variety of ways including:

  1. Learning about dementia
  2. Talking with friends about dementia and ways you could make your community dementia-friendly
  3. Taking part in a dementia education session; or
  4. Alternatively, if you live with the condition or you have been touched by dementia in some way, you could provide pearls of wisdom to our community

Your support, no matter how big or small, would be a meaningful step towards creating a dementia-friendly city.

Meet the team

The community steering group, Dementia-Friendly Rotorua, was formed in 2016 and is made up of people who care for family members living with dementia, as well as people working in the health and community sectors.

It aims to generate ideas to help Rotorua become a demetia-friendly community by initiating activities and intiatives to raise understanding and awareness about the condition such as supporting the annual campaign, Dementia-Friendly Week, in September.  

You can support the drive to raise awareness by supporting initiatives such as Dementia-Friendly Week by wearing purple or by decorating your home, school, office or store in waiporoporo (purple).

You can also support the cause by learning more about Dementia.   

Helpful resources

Feel free to check out the Bupa Dementia Commitment online tool to find out more about creating a dementia Friendly community.

Find more information and resources from Alzheimers New Zealand here

Page reviewed: 03 Jul 2019 10:14am