More than $4000 was raised by Alzheimers Society Southland volunteers at the weekend to increase awareness during World Alzheimers Month.
Alzheimers Society chairman Kerran Larsan said dementia was one of New Zealand's most significant and growing healthcare challenges and commonly affected people over the age of 65.
"The most common form of dementia is Alzheimer's disease, although there are several other forms. No single factor has been identified as a cause for dementia or Alzheimer's disease. It is likely that a combination of factors, including age, genetic inheritance and environment are responsible," Mr Larsan said.
Alzheimers Society Southland, which relies on community funding, provides a range of support services. It will host a lunch tomorrow to sign the global dementia charter.
The charter is a global campaign encouraging people to be tested for dementia and seek necessary support.
There would also be a collection outside Countdown on Saturday.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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