Make dementia a priority

We want the Government to treat dementia as a priority. We're working to get the government to deliver their commitments to a Dementia Moonshot and a 10-year plan for dementia.

Dementia is one of the greatest health challenges facing society, both in the UK and around the world. 

Of the top ten causes of death worldwide, dementia is the only one that can’t be cured, stopped, or even slowed down. 

By 2040, it is estimated dementia will cost the UK economy £94.1 billion. 

Alzheimer's Society campaigner Versha speaks with Hilary Benn MP at a parliamentary event for Dementia Action Week

Our campaigner Versha, whose mum lived with dementia, speaking with Hilary Benn MP at a parliamentary event in aid of Dementia Action Week 2022

What is Alzheimer's Society calling for? 

Alzheimer’s Society is calling for a broad approach to research. We must fund research that moves us towards potentially life-changing treatments and diagnostics of the future, but we must also address the challenges people living with dementia and those who care for them face today - so they can live better as their dementia progresses. 

Government must turn its words into action and show that they prioritise dementia. This means: 

  • delivering funding for a Dementia Moonshot, as promised in their 2019 manifesto 

  • ambitious Dementia Strategies at national and local levels, with clear plans for how to deliver them

  • ensuring that wider changes in the health and social care systems benefit people living with dementia - from the new NHS England Long-Term Plan to integration and the social care white paper 

Elisabeth, Sir Tony Robinson, Kate Lee and Trevor launching the Dementia Action Week 2021 campaign

Sir Tony Robinson launches Dementia Action Week 2021 outside the Palace of Westminster with Elisabeth, who lives with dementia, Trevor, whose wife lives with dementia, and Kate Lee (Alzheimer's Society CEO)

What is the Dementia Moonshot?

As part of the Conservative Government's election manifesto, they pledged to double dementia research spending over the next decade through the delivery of a 'Dementia Moonshot'. 

In practice, this should mean an extra £800 million over ten years for dementia research. 

This would be a major step in the right direction. We now need to ensure these funds are committed to and well spent. 

In 2021, we published a report with the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Dementia about how the Government should implement their moonshot promise.

What is the 10-Year Plan for Dementia? 

At our Annual Conference in May 2022, Sajid Javid – the then Health and Social Care Secretary – announced a landmark 10-year plan for dementia to be released later in 2022. 

This plan is reported to include ambitious commitments for dementia research, education, and social care. We look forward to hearing more about this plan and we will make sure that the Government delivers on its promises. 

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