Dementia epidemiology and prevention

The 2021 Dementia Economic Impact Report prepared for Alzheimer's NZ was launched by Associate Minister of Health Ayesha Verrall on 27 September. NISAN's Rita Krishnamurthi is a co-author of this report, which predicts that dementia is set to cost $6 billion a year by 2050, posing a major risk to New Zealand’s health system.

This report was discussed in the Asia Pacific Report  on 27 October 2021, under the title: Dementia tsunami by 2050 ‘likely to hit Pasifika, Māori, Asian communities'.

Other publications

  • Martinez-Ruiz, A., Yates, S., Cheung, G., Dudley, M., Krishnamurthi, R., Fa'alau, F., . . . Cullum, S. (2021). Living with Dementia in Aotearoa (LiDiA): A cross-sectional feasibility study protocol for a multiethnic dementia prevalence study in Aotearoa/New Zealand. BMJ Open, 11(5), e046143.
  • Martinez-Ruiz, A., Krishnamurthi, R., Dahiya, E. S., Rai-Bala, R., Naicker, S., Yates, S., . . . Cullum, S. (2021). Diagnostic accuracy of 10/66 dementia protocol in Fijian-Indian elders living in New Zealand. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18(9).
  • Krishnamurthi, R., Martinez-Ruiz, A., Yates, S., Dahiya, E. S., Naiker, S., Bala, R., & Cullum, S. (2021). Feasibility of dementia assessments in the New Zealand (NZ) Indian community. Poster presented at the 7th International Conference on Neurology and Epidemiology. Neuroepidemiology, 55 (pp. 64). Virtual: Karger Publishers. doi:10.1159/000515315
  • Martinez-Ruiz, A., Susan Yates, S., Cheung, G., Dudley,M., Krishnamurthi, R., Fa'alau, F., Roberts, M.,  Taufa, S., Fa'alili, J., Kerse, N., & Cullum, S. (2020). Diagnostic accuracy of the 10/66 Dementia Assessment tool in Māori, Fijian-Indian, Samoan and Tongan Elders with memory problems living in South Auckland, New Zealand. Poster presented at Alzheimer's Association International Conference, July 2020.
  • Yates, S., Rivera Rodriguez, C., Martinez-Ruiz, A., Coomarasamy, C., Whittington, R., Krishnamurthi, R., Cheung, G., Kerse, N., & Cullum, S. (2020). Big data and dementia in New Zealand.  Poster presented at Alzheimer’s Association International Conference, July 2020.  Alzheimers & Dementia, 16(S10), e044374.

Dementia research

For dementia research-related questions contact Professor Rita Krishnamurthi.