Exploring the Needs of Pacific Families Affected by Age-Related Cognitive Impairment (BRNZ CoRE)

20 Nov 2019

Pacific people are projected to comprise 10% of New Zealand’s population by 2026. [1] They remain a youthful population, with almost half of the population (46.1%) under 20 years of age, compared with only 27.4% of the total population. [1] Furthermore, Pacific peoples currently make up 2.4% of the 65+ population, and this is expected to increase to 63% by 2026. [2] Even though Pacific populations in New Zealand are ageing, little is known about Pacific people’s experiences or, or views about, cognitive impairment. The principal aim of this research is to explore the needs of Pacific people and families affected by age-related cognitive impairment. It will also document existing information and services available, and used by, Pacific people and families affected by age-related cognitive impairment, and to explore unmet needs for information and services.

This project is a first step towards identifying the unmet needs of Pacific people facing age-related cognitive impairment and the whānau who support them. It will also allow the identification of services currently being accessed. This will be useful when developing mechanisms for delivering any new preventative measures and early interventions.


[1] Statistics New Zealand. 2013 census quickstats about culture and identity. Wellington, New Zealand: Statistics New Zealand; 2014.
[2] Associate Minister of Health. Healthy Ageing Strategy. Wellington, New Zealand: Ministry of Health; 2016.