The State of Caring in Aotearoa
A report for Carers NZ and the Carers Alliance
This report summarises the findings from both the State of Caring and Respite and Time Out surveys undertaken by Carers NZ and the Carers Alliance in 2021. Over 1,600 carers responded to the surveys, confirming that they are doing it tough, they feel unsupported by the system, and struggle to get the help they need.
As a result, carers health is poor, with high levels of anxiety and depression, and they are isolated. The realities of caring mean they struggle to work as well, suffer financial impacts as a result and struggle to save for their retirement.
Alzheimers NZ, along with IHC, and the Ministry of Social Development, partnered with Carers NZ and the Carers Alliance to fund this report.
Dementia Economic Impact Report
This report, compiled by the University of Auckland, estimates prevalence numbers and shows care partners of people living with dementia provide nearly 53 million hours per year of unpaid care, valued at $1.19 billion.
Evaluation of services for people living with dementia
Provided by four local Alzheimers organisations
This new research commissioned by Alzheimers NZ has found dementia support services provided by local Alzheimers organisations meet the needs of people living with dementia and enable them to live their best possible lives. However, the research also found the lack of government funding restricted the scope and availability of dementia services.
This is our story
A qualitative research report on living with dementia
This report tells the story of the diverse lives and experiences of 49 New Zealanders living with dementia and explores what it means to them to live well with dementia. Alzheimers NZ commissioned this report with Litmus to share these experiences – with other people living with dementia, for those supporting people with dementia, and with decision-makers.
Report - We must do better
Respite in New Zealand
In the 2013 census, 430,000 New Zealanders, 10 percent of the population, identified as carers, looking after approximately 1.1 million New Zealanders living with disabilities. New Zealand’s respite care system is in crisis and needs urgent attention. This report, prepared by the New Zealand Carers Alliance in association with Alzheimers NZ and IHC, documents the significant problems facing the respite system, many parts of which are broken and need fixing. The report outlines eight steps government must take to address those problems, including three priority areas that require immediate action.
World Alzheimer Reports
From Alzheimer's Disease International
Alzheimers NZ is a member of Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI), the federation of Alzheimer’s organisations worldwide. Every year ADI releases a World Alzheimer Report. Alongside this, ADI also produce a number of reports on a range of different topics.
Awareness and understanding of dementia
These reports highlight awareness and understanding of Alzheimers and dementia in Aotearoa. The latest report shows a majority of people know or have known someone with dementia.
World Health Organization (WHO)
Global action plan on the public health response to dementia 2017-2025
The Global action plan on the public health response to dementia 2017-2025 was adopted by WHO Member States at the 70th World Health Assembly. The global plan provides a comprehensive blueprint for action and sets targets across seven areas.
In May 2019, on the second anniversary of WHO’s adoption of Global action plan, ADI updated their report, From plan to impact, on the progress. In the last two years only two countries have created national dementia plans or frameworks, meaning at the current rate the 2025 target will not be reached.
World Dementia Council
Dementia friendly initiatives
These two report from the World Dementia Council examine the global evidence base for dementia friendly initiatives. Dementia friendly is a concept that has developed into a worldwide “movement” with a many initiatives happening across the globe.
Dementia Alliance International
Human Rights for people with dementia
Dementia Alliance International (DAI) is an advocacy group, the peak body and global voice of people with dementia. Read the report The Human Rights of People Living with Dementia: from Rhetoric to Reality.