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Ryman Healthcare signs on to provide crucial support for Alzheimers NZ

Written by Alan Wood
on September 16, 2022

Ryman Healthcare has strengthened its commitment to Kiwis living with Alzheimers and dementia by signing on as Alzheimers NZ’s lead partner for another three years.

More than 70,000 New Zealanders live with Alzheimers and dementia, and this is set to grow to 170,000 by 2050.

Ryman Healthcare CEO New Zealand Cheyne Chalmers said dementia numbers were growing fast, so Ryman was delighted to be able to extend its long-term support of Alzheimers NZ for another three years.

“Alzheimers NZ has been doing a fantastic job representing people living with dementia for more than 30 years and we’re proud to support its advocacy work.

“We’ve been providing dementia care for more than 30 years and we will continue to play our part by continuing to raise awareness with Alzheimers NZ and building more of our award-winning care services for this important group of people.”

Catherine Hall, chief executive of Alzheimers NZ, says Ryman would provide crucial by extending the partnership for the years ahead.

Living with dementia is tough and services aren’t always able to meet the need, so there is a lot to be done to make sure everyone gets the help and support they need – partnerships are crucial support for this work.

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As Alzheimers NZ’s Lead Partner for the last three years, Ryman Healthcare has been a champion in helping to raise awareness to help reduce the stigma of dementia and improve education.

This includes being a platinum sponsor for the biennial Conference (which was successfully held online in 2021) and other events such as webinars and podcasts to raise awareness.

Its funding also supports the Dementia Learning Centre – an important tool for improving dementia education in Aotearoa.

Ryman Healthcare has extended their partnership for a further three years, which leverages the Alzheimers NZ’s understanding and expertise of the dementia mate wareware community.

CEO of Ryman Healthcare New Zealand Cheyne Chalmers says Ryman is pleased to be able to build on its long partnership with Alzheimers NZ.

Catherine says the partnership will make a difference to people’s everyday lives – dementia affects nearly 80 percent of Kiwis in some way at some point in their lives.

“Dementia is a growing problem in Aotearoa, and we can’t tackle it alone,” she says.

“We’re delighted to be working in partnership with Ryman Healthcare to do our bit to build a dementia friendly Aotearoa where people living with dementia mate wareware get the help and support they need.

“Ryman Healthcare are a crucial support to the important work we do in improving education, awareness and understanding to help reduce the stigma for people living with dementia.”

Ryman Healthcare is committed to being dementia friendly and was among the first aged residential care providers accredited under Alzheimers NZ’s Dementia Friendly Recognition Programme.

About Ryman Healthcare:

Ryman was founded in 1984 and has become one of New Zealand’s largest listed companies. The company owns and operates 45 retirement villages in New Zealand and Australia which are home to more than 13,900 residents and the company employs 6,800 team members.

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