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Alzheimer's Society websites

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Alzheimer's Society Brand Guidelines

This online resource aims to give you an overview of the key elements that you will need when implementing the Alzheimer's Society brand on a daily basis.

Dementia Friends

Dementia Friends aims to make everyday life better for people with dementia by changing the way the nation thinks, talks and acts. By 2015, we want there to be a million people with the know-how to help people with dementia feel understood and included in their community.

Memory Walk

Memory Walk is Alzheimer's Society's biggest annual fundraiser and a great opportunity to have a fun day out with friends and family.

Talking Point

Talking Point is an online community, hosted by the Alzheimer's Society, where people with dementia and their carers can share their experiences and seek day-to-day advice.

International Alzheimer's organisations

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Alzheimer Disease International

Alzheimer Disease International is an umbrella group of 64 Alzheimer associations throughout the world. Each of their members is the national Alzheimer's association in their country.

Alzheimer Europe

Alzheimer Europe is a non-governmental organisation aimed at raising awareness of all forms of dementia through coordination and cooperation between Alzheimer's and related disorders organisations in Europe, as well as organising support to the people with the disease and their carers.

Alzheimer Scotland

Alzheimer Scotland helps people with dementia, their carers and families. Their members include carers, relatives, people with dementia, professionals, groups and organisations.

Alzheimer's Research UK

We encourage everyone to join us in supporting research and achieving a world free from dementia.

Useful websites

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Admiral Nurses

Admiral Nurses are specialist dementia nurses, working in the community, with families, carers and supporters of people with dementia.

Age UK

Age UK has a vision of a world in which older people flourish. We aim to improve later life for everyone through our information and advice, campaigns, products, training and research.

Alcohol Concern

Alcohol Concern is the national agency on alcohol misuse. It works to reduce the levels of alcohol misuse and to develop the range and quality of helping services available to problem drinkers and their families.

Assist UK

Assist UK leads a UK wide network of locally-situated Disabled Living Centres. Each centre includes a permanent exhibition of products and equipment that provide people with opportunities to see and try products and equipment and get information and advice from professional staff about what might suit them best.

AT Dementia

The AT Dementia website provides user-friendly information about assistive technology for people with dementia.


Bettercaring is dedicated to providing a comprehensive service for anyone looking for answers to crucial questions about their own care or care for their loved ones. From searching for the right type of care to finding the funds to pay for it, bettercaring can help.

Bladder and Bowel Foundation

The Bladder and Bowel Foundation (B&BF) is the UK's largest advocacy charity providing information and support for all types of bladder and bowel related problems, for patients, their families, carers and healthcare professionals.

Blood Pressure Association

The Blood Pressure Association is a voluntary organisation which aims to draw attention to the need to improve detection, management and treatment of high blood pressure conditions.

Bradford Dementia Group

Bradford Dementia Group at the University of Bradford specialise in research, education and training in dementia care; they offer degree programmes, short courses, study days and seminars.

British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy

A professional body for counselling and psychotherapy and a reference point for anyone seeking information on counselling and psychotherapy in the UK.

British Association/College of Occupational Therapists

The representative body for Occupational Therapists.

British Dental Association

The British Dental Association is the professional association and trade union for dentists in the UK.

British Medical Association

The British Medical Association (BMA) represents all doctors from all branches of medicine all over the UK.

British Psychological Society

The British Psychological Society is the representative body for psychologist and psychology in the UK.

British Reflexology Association

The British Reflexology Association is a representative body for persons practising the method of Reflexology as a profession and for students training in the method.

British Society of Audiology

The British Society of Audiology aims to increase knowledge of hearing and balance and to enhance audiological practice by dissemination and education.

Care Quality Commission

The Care Quality Commission is the independent regulator of health and social care in England.

Carer's UK

Carer's UK is a charity which aims to improve the lives of carers.

Carers Trust

Carers Trust works to improve support, services and recognition for anyone living with the challenges of caring, unpaid, for a family member or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health or addiction problems.

Caring With Confidence

Deparment of Health funded programme of free, flexible support sessions enabling carers who look after a friend or relative the opportunity to build on their skills and knowledge to help improve their own lives and that of the person they care for.

Centre for Accessible Environments

The Centre for Accessible Environments can give information over the phone and supply factsheets on building design for people with disabilities.

Chartered Society of Physiotherapy

The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) is the professional, educational and trade union body for the UK's 47,000 chartered physiotherapists, physiotherapy students and assistants.

Citizens Advice Bureaux

The Citizens Advice service helps people resolve their legal, money and other problems by providing free, independent and confidential advice, and by influencing policymakers.

Civil Service Retirement Fellowship

The Civil Service Retirement Fellowship has a network of groups throughout England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland that meet regularly to enjoy social activities, lunches, holidays and helping older retired Civil Servants through visiting and volunteering.

Coalition for Quality Care

The Coalition consists of 40 organisations and individuals who share a common concern in promoting the well being of older people receiving long-term care in a wide range of settings and differing circumstances.

College of Optometrists

The College of Optometrists is the professional, scientific and examining Body for optometry in the UK.

Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease Surveillance Unit

The incidence of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) is monitored in the UK by the CJD surveillance unit based at the Western General Hospital in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Cruse Bereavement Care

Cruse Bereavement Care exists to promote the well-being of bereaved people and to enable anyone bereaved by death to understand their grief and cope with their loss. The organisation provides counselling and support. It offers information, advice, education and training services.

Dementia & Neurodegenerative Diseases Research Network

DeNDRoN is a national initiative set up by the Department of Health to ensure that doctors, nurses, patients, partners, carers, ex-carers, researchers and NHS trusts all work together to improve the quality and effectiveness of research into dementia and neurodegenerative diseases across the UK.

Dementia Action Alliance

Dementia Action Alliance is made up of over 40 organisations committed to transforming the quality of life of people living with dementia in the UK and the millions of people who care for them.

Department for Work and Pensions

The Department for Work and Pensions is repsonsible for the payment of welfare benefits.

Depression Alliance

The Depression Alliances work to relieve and to prevent depression by providing information and support services to those who are affected by it via our publications, supporter services and network of self-help groups.


A national organisation for a network of 140 local Disability Information and Advice Line services (DIALs) run by and for disabled people.

Directory of Social Change

An independent source of information and support to voluntary and community sectors worldwide.

Disabled Living Foundation

The Disabled Living Foundation is a UK charity providing expert and unbiased information and advice on disability equipment and ways of managing disability.

Down's Syndrome Association

The mission of the Down's Syndrome Association is to help people with Down's syndrome live full and rewarding lives.

Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency

The driver and vehicle licensing agency for the UK.

Dying matters

Raising awareness of dying, death and bereavement

Elderly Accomodation Counsel

Elderly Accommodation Counsel (EAC) is a national charity that aims to help older people make informed choices about meeting their housing and care needs.

Equality and human rights commission

The Equality and Human Rights Commission was launched in October 2007, taking over the role and functions of the Commission for Racial Equality (CRE), the Disability Rights Commission (DRC) and the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) and assuming new responsibilities for sexual orientation, age, religion and belief, and human rights.

Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities

The Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities works to promote the rights, quality of life and opportunities of people with learning disabilities and their families.

Genetic Interest Group

The Genetic Interest Group is a national alliance of organisations for people affected by genetic disorders/genetic diseases. Its primary goal is to promote awareness and understanding of genetic disorders so that high quality services for people affected by genetic conditions are developed and made available to all who need them.


List of government services and information. This website replaces Direct Gov

Housing advice, information and mediation service (AIMS)

AIMS is a specialist Age Concern England service offering information, advice and mediation nationally for people living in, and those managing sheltered housing.

Huntington's Disease Association

The Huntington's Disease Association provides information, advice, support and publications for families affected by Huntington's Disease in England and Wales.

Independent Age

Provides an information and advice service for older people, their families and carers, focusing on social care, welfare benefits and befriending services. This is integrated with local support, including one-to-one and group befriending schemes.

Independent Feedback

Independent Feedback is a UK wide visiting and reporting service for those who have emigrated from the UK, leaving behind elderly relatives. It provides advice and an independent accurate assessment of the current standard and circumstances of your relative’s welfare.

Institute for Complementary Medicine

The Institute for Complementary Medicine (ICM) been created as an enabling charity whose aims are to offer to the public an informed choice of safe complementary medicine, which is practised by professional practitioners trained to a high level of competence.

Jewish Care

Providing care and support to the Jewish community in London and the south east.


Journeys is the only organisation with the sole purpose of supporting people affected by depression in Wales, and their family and friends.

Kingshill Research Centre

The Kingshill Research Centre aspires to improve 'quality of life' for people with dementia and their carers by producing high quality research information for use in the development of new treatment alternatives.

Local Government Ombudsmen

The Local Government Ombudsmen investigate complaints of injustice arising from maladministration by local authorities and certain other bodies. There are three Local Government Ombudsmen in England and they each deal with complaints from different parts of the country.

Marie Curie Cancer Care

Marie Curie Cancer Care provides a range of services for people living with cancer including Marie Curie Nurses and Hospices

Mental Health Foundation

The website of the Mental Health Foundation outlines the charity's work in research, policy, service development and service user involvement. The site offers information and publications to download on research, good practice in services and on mental health problems and key issues.

Mental Health Foundation -Dementia choices

The Dementia Choices project was set up to explore self-directed support for people living with dementia, their families and friends, and staff who support them.


MHA is a charity providing care homes, housing and support services for older people throughout Britain.

Mildmay Hospital

Mildmay specialise in the care of people at all stages of HIV infection – from initial diagnosis through to final phase. They specialise in rehabilitation for people with cognitive deficits caused by the HIV virus.


A mental health charity which aims to improve the quality of life of people affected by mental distress in England and Wales.

Multiple Sclerosis Society

The Multiple Sclerosis Society funds MS research, runs holiday homes and respite care, provides grants, education, information and training on MS.

National Council for Palliative Care

The National Council for Palliative Care's mission is to ensure that all those with life-threatening and life-limiting conditions receive the palliative care they need. They have supported a 3 year project on palliative care for people with dementia.

NHS Choices

The official gateway to National Health Service organisations on the internet.

NHS Choices - Dementia

Dementia section of the NHS Choices website.

Nursing and Midwifery Council

The Nursing and Midwifery Council is an organisation set up by Parliament to ensure nurses, midwives and health visitors provide high standards of care to their patients and clients.

Office of the Public Guardian

The Office of the Public Guardian is the administrative arm of the Court of Protection and an Executive Agency within the Ministry of Justice. The Office of the Public Guardian supports and promotes decision making for those who lack capacity or would like to plan for their future, within the framework of the Mental Capacity Act 2005.

Parkinson's Disease Society

Some people with Parkinson's do develop dementia. The Society offers information, advice and support for people with Parkinson's and their families.

Patients Association

A national organisation which campaigns for the rights of patients and for better health services.

Paying for care

The Paying for Care website provides information for consumers about aspects of long-term care funding and particularly where to get appropriate financial advice.

Pick's Disease Support Group

A support group for carers of people with fronto-temporal dementia, including Pick's Disease, Frontal Lobe Degeneration, Dementia with Lewy Bodies, Corticobasal Degeneration and Alcohol Related Dementia.

Posterior Cortical Atrophy Support Group Website

Support group offering information, advice and social opportunities for individuals with PCA and their families.

Progressive Supranuclear Palsy Association

The Progressive Supranuclear Palsy Association provides information and support to sufferers of this progressive neuro-degenerative disease, their carers and their families across Europe and internationally, and promotes awareness of the disease, particularly in the UK.

Queen's Nursing Institute

The Queen’s Nursing Institute is the charity dedicated to improving patient care by supporting community nurses.


RADAR is an organisation of disabled people that campaigns and provides information on disability issues.

RAF Benevolent Fund

The RAF Benevolent Fund is here to provide support to all members of the RAF family in need. If you have ever served in the Royal Air Force, or you are an immediate dependant of someone who served, then you may be eligible for assistance. You can also call us free on 0800 169 2942 to find out more.

Relatives and Residents Association

The Relatives and Residents Association offers practical and emotional support to relatives whose family member has entered residential care.

Rethink Mental Illness

Rethink Mental Illness is a mental health charity providing advice and information, local services, support groups and a campaigning voice for everyone affected by mental illnesses, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and severe depression.

Royal College of Psychiatrists

The Royal College of Psychiatrists is the professional and educational organisation for all psychiatrists in the UK and the Republic of Ireland. It also produces a wide range of publications about various mental health conditions including dementia designed for the general public which can be downloaded from their website.

Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists

The Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) is the professional body for speech and language therapists (SLTs) in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

Royal Voluntary Service

Royal Voluntary Service is one of the UK's largest charities and voluntary organisations. Royal Voluntary Service aims to give older people the opportunity and choice to get more out of life.

Saga Respite for Carers Trust

The Trust is all about rewarding people who care selflessly for their loved ones by giving them a well-earned holiday, while ensuring continuity of care.


Samaritans provides confidential non-judgemental emotional support, 24 hours a day for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which could lead to suicide.

Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists

The professional body for chiropodists and podiatrists.


Sonas is a multisensory stimulation technque developed specifically for people with dementia. Sonas aPc is a registerd charity that provides training in the Sonas technique.

Stroke Association

The Stroke Association funds research into the prevention of stroke, its treatment, and better methods of rehabilitation.

Terrence Higgins Trust

Terrence Higgins Trust is the leading HIV and AIDS charity in the UK and the largest in Europe.

The Dementia Services Development Centre, Northern Ireland

The Dementia Services Development Centre operates as a virtual network from Centres in Northern Ireland and the University of Stirling and works to spread research and good practice about home and hospital care for people with any type of dementia.

Tourism for all

Tourism for All UK is a national charity dedicated to standards of world class tourism which are welcoming to all.

University of Stirling Dementia Services Development Centre

The Dementia Services Development Centre provides comprehensive dementia education and training, consultancy and research services. The Centre’s flagship Iris Murdoch Building is a model for dementia friendly design.


Vitalise is a national charity providing essential breaks (respite care) for people with disabilities, visually impaired people, and carers. Vitalise's centres provide 24-hour care on-call and personal support in a relaxed, holiday environment. They also run breaks especially for guest with Alzheimer's / dementia.

Which? Elderly Care

Free, independent and practical advice about caring for older people across the UK.

YoungDementia UK

YoungDementia UK is dedicated to ensuring people afected by young onset dementia have the best opportunity to live well.


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