What we think
As public awareness and understanding about dementia grows, people want to know what Alzheimer's Society thinks about a wide range of issues that relate to people affected by dementia.
Update 10 August 2020
Read our most recent comment on how coronavirus is affecting dementia assessment and diagnosis.
Please note, the following pages may not reflect the current situation and will be taken under review in the coming months.
Read what we think about the following important issues:
- Antipsychotic drugs
- Assistive technology
- Carer support
- Charging for care
- Complementary medicine/alternative therapies
- Decision-making, advance care planning and the Mental Capacity Act 2005
- Dementia research
- Dementia Statements and Rights
- Dementia tax
- Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards
- Diagnosis and assessment
- Drugs for the treatment of dementia
- Employment of people with dementia and carers
- End of life care
- Equality, discrimination and human rights
- Ethical issues and relations with commercial organisations
- Financial cost of dementia
- Formal care of people with dementia
- Genetic testing
- Involving people with dementia
- Mistreatment and abuse of people with dementia
- NHS Continuing Healthcare
- People with dementia living alone
- Public health, prevention and dementia
- Regulation of dementia care
- Safer walking technology
- Specialised Early Care for Alzheimer's (SPECAL)
- Stem cell research
- Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships (STPs)
- The use of animals in research
- Younger people with dementia
Differences across the UK
People with dementia and their carers face similar problems in all parts of the UK and the Society's position on these issues does not change across the different countries.
However, the strategies needed and the agencies that need to be targeted in order to achieve change are different in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
For example, in England there are clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) and the NHS Trust Development Authority (TDA), in Wales there are local health boards (LHBs), and in Northern Ireland there are health and social services boards (HSSBs) and trusts.
These differences will need to be considered throughout the document. The text mainly refers to CCGs, which commission most services in England, but, in many cases, these could be read as LHBs (Wales) and HSSBs (Northern Ireland).
In addition, in some cases legislation referred to does not apply to all parts of the UK and this is indicated in the text.