How your money is helping people affected by dementia
Coronavirus is a dementia issue. Older, more vulnerable people are at a significantly increased risk from the virus. With your help, we are adapting quickly to ensure that people affected by dementia have the support they need.
Responding to coronavirus
Our Dementia Advisers are providing support in communities all over the country to help people affected by dementia survive this crisis. During lockdown, the stakes are even higher as people struggle to get the basic necessities they need to live.
Our emergency appeal
Thanks to your support, our emergency appeal has already raised an incredible £3.9 million – we are so grateful that you care about people affected by dementia as much as we do.
There's still a long way to go, people affected by dementia need our help now more than ever to survive the pandemic.
We’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who has supported people affected by dementia during this time. Below is what your donations and support have helped to achieve so far.
Since lockdown began, we have:
- Made over 90,000 Welfare Calls to people affected by dementia. So far, over 32,000 people have received calls from our specialist Dementia Advisers who check in regularly to make sure people can access food, medication, and appropriate support.
- Received 9,000 calls to the Dementia Connect Support Line. Over a quarter of calls to our Support Line have related to concerns about coronavirus, as well as the day to day challenges of living with dementia or being a family carer.
- Helped over 2,000 people combat loneliness through our new Companion Calls service which launched in mid-April. Already, over 9,000 calls have been made by over 500 brilliant volunteers.
- Pushed the government to respond to the growing crisis in care homes. People with dementia make up 70% of care home residents, and we will continue to fight for their rights in this crisis and beyond. Join our campaign.
- Provided reliable online support to hundreds of thousands of people. People have viewed coronavirus information on our website over 300,000 times. The coronavirus thread on Talking Point, our online community, has been viewed over 26,000 times by people seeking advice and support.