Insight for Sunday 16 January 2011
Over the summer Insight broadcasts the highlight programmes from 2010 with in-depth analysis of topical issues.
Forty-one thousand people in New Zealand have dementia, and that number is set to double over the next 20 years as a result of an aging population.
The most common form of dementia is Alzheimer's disease - typified by memory loss, a growing inability to care for oneself and ultimately death.
But people with dementia say the stereo-typical image of a helpless, frail pensioner works against them, causing stigma and alienation.
In this programme Sue Ingram talked to those affected by the disease.
First broadcast on June 27th 2010.
A second programme on dementia played on July 4th 2010.
Photo: Richard Taylor, who has Alzheimers, and his wife, Linda.
For more information about dementia visit the Alzheimers New Zealand website.