Alzheimers New Zealand is putting the spotlight on dementia in the run-up to this year’s election by hosting a debate with representatives from all major political parties.

Debaters include Minister for Seniors Hon Maggie Barry, Labour’s Spokesperson for Health Dr David Clark, Greens Spokesperson for Senior Citizens Barry Coates and NZ First’s Ria Bond. United Future and Maori Party representatives will be confirmed closer to the debate.

The debate will be moderated by Kerry Prendergast, Alzheimers NZ Champion for Dementia and former Mayor of Wellington.

The debate will see all parties put forward their policies for addressing the growing dementia challenge.

Dementia is one of the country’s largest healthcare challenges. More than 60,000 Kiwis have dementia now and that number is expected to almost triple by 2050. In 2016 the total financial cost of dementia to the health system was estimated as $1.7 billion. These costs are estimated to reach $2 billion around 2020 and $4.6 billion by 2050.

The debate will take place on Wednesday 2 August 2017 at the James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor on The Terrace, Wellington. Spaces are limited to 100 seats only.


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