Alzheimer’s New Zealand responds to COVID-19, then and now

Catherine Hall, Chief Executive of Alzheimers New Zealand, writes about how Alzheimers New Zealand has responded and adapted to COVID-19, both in the first weeks of lockdown and today.

On Wednesday 25th March 2020, New Zealand’s “team of 5 million” went into lockdown, including over 70,000 people living with dementia and their care partners. Overnight, vital support services in their current form ceased to exist, leaving many of the country’s most vulnerable people even more isolated and at risk of dropping beneath the radar. 

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