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Become a dementia friend

How Art! Poetry Book

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Our members are at the heart of our organisation. Being a member of Alzheimers Otago means you are joining a group of people who share your experience and interest in Alzheimers Disease and Dementia. Membership also gives you first access to all our events and education sessions, sometimes with a special discount.

Importantly, your membership fees help us to continue to do our important work.

Membership is just $20 a year.

Join now!

To become a member you can download a membership form HERE and

email to or post to:

Alzheimers Otago

Dunedin Community House

301 Moray Place, Dunedin, 9016

Or just call 03 471 6154 and ask of our team about becoming a member.


Not sure if you are a member or think you might need to renew?

Contact us now to find out or 03 471 6154


Your support makes a world a difference.

As a charity, Alzheimers Otago relies on the support of our generous donors to allow us to support people living with dementia and their families in Otago. We currently support approximately 500 people in the region, but we know we can do more.

With your support, together we can support more people with dementia to live well in Otago.

Whether you give a little or a lot, your gift will make a difference to people living with dementia and their families right here in Otago.

You can make a donation by:

  • direct deposit to our account, Adards Otago Inc. Account No. 03-0883-0150968-000
  • through our Givealittle page 
  • donate online through the Alzheimers NZ website (it finds its way back to us)
  • drop into one of our offices



We love our volunteers! Volunteers are an important part of the Alzheimers Otago team and are involved in events, fundraising, office administration and program delivery.

We are not currently seeking new volunteer opportunities, however you are very welcome to get in touch on ph: 03 471 6154 or and we can we can pop you on waiting list for when new opportunities arise.

Become a dementia friend

By becoming a Dementia Friend you are joining a growing community of Kiwis helping to make NZ a kinder, more supportive, inclusive and understanding place for people living with dementia. It will only takes 20 minutes.

A Dementia Friend learns about dementia and simple ways to help people living with dementia. Being a Dementia Friend doesn't have to take lots of your time - helping can be as simple as being kind and helpful to people during your day, thinking about how you communicate or dropping round for a cuppa and a chat with someone living with dementia. Simple, small actions really do help!

Become a Dementia Friend now by visiting the Alzheimers New Zealand website

How Art! Poetry Book

Writing poetry about the experience of Alzheimer’s is an audacious act. “How Art” is a set of handcrafted poems written from a place of purity and great affection. Des O’Brien’s home in the high country of the South Island of New Zealand is the setting from where he has written a collection of poems that are entertaining and wry observations of life, the environment and family relationships. An Alzheimer’s diagnosis has not deterred him. An additional set of poems in this collection describes Des’ transition into a new way of being.


Des O'brien

It is a moving reflection of the impact of Alzheimer’s and his response to its daily challenges.These poems will resonate with people who live with Alzheimer’s, their caregivers, and communities who understand that creativity doesn’t stop because of this condition. Quirky, with a warm wit and love of language and people, his poems should be enjoyed with a good whiskey (and a grain of salt)

To Purchase your copy of How Art! ($30+postage) contact Andrea on 03 471 6154 or

Person with younger onset dementia playing guitar

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