Dementia Action Week

17 - 23 May 2021
Woman looking concerned and the text 'Cure the care system'
Dementia Action Week is 17 – 23 May 2021. Join us and take action to improve the lives of people affected by dementia.

This Dementia Action Week, Alzheimer’s Society is calling on the Government to cure the care system now.

Watch and share our short film, showing the impact the broken social care system has on carers. Without support, dementia claims more than one life.

Cure The Care System

We need the Government to provide quality social care, that is free and easy to access, no matter where you live.

Sign the petition

While dementia isn’t curable yet, the care system is

Right now, the broken social care system means that in the UK, nearly 1 million people with dementia and their families are struggling to get the support and care that they need and deserve.  

Decades of underfunding and neglect have led to a care system that’s difficult to access, costly, inadequate and deeply unfair. The coronavirus pandemic has exposed these problems like never before. 

Until things change, a dementia diagnosis will continue to claim more than one life, as families facing dementia feel its destructive effects.   

It doesn’t have to be this way.

With the right support people with dementia can live a good quality of life, doing what matters most to them for as long as possible. 

Sign the petition to Cure The Care System

Help us call on the Government to provide quality social care, that is free and easy to access, no matter where you live. 

Sign the petition

Alzheimer's Society is here for you

If you have been affected by the issues in our campaign and need dementia support please call our Dementia Connect support line on 0333 150 3456 to speak with our expert advisers.

You can also join the conversation with other people affected by dementia in our online community, Talking Point.

We have guidance to help you navigate the complex social care system, including where to go for further help and information.

There are also health and social care and other dementia-related printed and digital factsheets available.

How can I get involved and take action this Dementia Action Week?

Whether you'd like to get involved individually, at work or as part of your local community, no action is too small.

From putting on a virtual event, to ordering posters and flyers to drop off at your local shop, there are lots of ways to get involved. Use the free resources below to spread the word and help families across the UK receive the quality of support they deserve.

Order your materials and resources in print

Get ready to spread the word about Dementia Action Week with our free posters and flyers, delivered directly to you. Put them up in your front window or drop some off at your local shops - every action counts. 

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What is Dementia Action Week?

Led by Alzheimer’s Society, Dementia Action Week is a national event that sees the public coming together to take action to improve the lives of people affected by dementia.

This Dementia Action Week, Alzheimer’s Society is asking you to help cure the care system by urging government to reform social care now.

How long will the Dementia Action Week campaign be running for?

This year, Dementia Action Week is 17-23 May.  The  petition will be live from the 26 April – June 2021. 

How can my organisation get involved?

There are lots of ways your organisation can support Dementia Action Week – we’ve listed a few ways below. 

Download and print our handy checklist for organisations (PDF) 

How can Dementia Friendly Communities get involved?

This Dementia Action Week, Alzheimer’s Society needs your help to galvanise your community and urge the Government to Cure The Care System now.

There are lots of ways you can get your networks involved – we’ve listed a few ideas below.

Download and print our handy checklist for communities (PDF) 

How do I organise a Dementia Action Week virtual event?

The best way to spread the word about the campaign is to put on your own Dementia Action Week event.

Take a look at the Dementia Action Week 2021 slides (PDF) to help you plan and deliver the event to colleagues, friends, family or anyone you think might be interested in taking action and learning more.

Remember to download and use our Dementia Action Week Zoom background to make your event even more visual.

You can make the event as big or small as you’d like. Alzheimer’s Society wants everyone to feel empowered to get involved and make their event their own. 

 

Where can I get dementia support and information?

If you are worried or need support, please call our Dementia Connect support line on 0333 150 3456 to speak with our expert advisers.

You can also join the conversation with other people affected by dementia in our online community, Talking Point.

We have guidance to help you navigate the complex social care system, including where to go for further help and information.

There are also health and social care and other dementia-related printed and digital factsheets available.

Our website also has in-depth support and guidance on coronavirus and dementia.

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We'll email you with plans for future Dementia Action Weeks and provide everything you need to get involved.

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Dementia Action Week supported by Santander UK