A wellness centre for brain health

We are ill-prepared for the growing number of people who will need help living with a neurological condition.  Already the number of Cantabrians with dementia alone is set to double to more than 30,000 within the next 20 years, about the population of Timaru today.  The incidence of Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson's Disease is growing at an even faster rate.

Add to that care partners and whanau and it won't be long before most of us are in some way impacted by a neurological condition.

The good news is that with the right support most people can continue to enjoy living life to the fullest for years to come.

When it comes to neurological conditions most people think that nothing can be done, that life stops and that residential care is an inevitable outcome.

Conditions such as multiple sclerosis and Parkinson's and dementia are progressive and while some people may become severely disabled, most people live with relatively moderate symptoms over longer periods of time.

But there's not enough support for people and their families and whanau to live well in their homes and communities.

To date the focus has been on clinical research and medical treatment.

Currently the support for people to live well with a neurological condition is not the primary focus of any other part of the health sector.

Braintree will fill this gap by empowering and enabling people to enjoy full active lives in their homes and communities.

  • Braintree will be a wellness centre for brain health.
  • Our innovative, evidence based therapies and programmes will empower people with choices and the independence to manage their condition their way.
  • We'll provide practical, every day support with a unique total-wellness approach, covering exercise, diet, cognitive stimulation, education and social connection.
  • We'll embrace care partners and whanau as an integral part of how we work.
  • We'll reach out to the people of Christchurch and the Canterbury region with an extensive programme of community based activities.
  • Braintree will be the only one of its kind in New Zealand and, as far as we know, a world first.

Braintree will be developed and operated by the Canterbury Brain Collective, a joint venture between the Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson's Canterbury and Dementia Canterbury.

MS and Parkinson's Canterbury and Dementia Canterbury have pioneered support for people living with neurological conditions for many years and have inspired similar regional support groups around New Zealand.

Both organisation will move to the Braintree Wellness Centre when the building is completed.

The Braintree Wellness Centre is expected to open in May 2022.