On 8 June 2017, we go to the polls once again. Regardless of outcome, one thing is certain; dementia must be a political priority.
We are calling on the next government to fix care, prioritise research, and drive a response to dementia across society.
Quality of life for many people living with dementia is still poor, and many feel isolated in their own communities. Still only two thirds of the people living with dementia have a formal diagnosis; the quality of care in hospitals, care homes and in their home is not tailored to meet their needs; and many are paying all they have for care with no guarantees about quality in return.
What can you do?
- Ask for answers: When candidates come knocking on your door this election period, ask them: what’s your plan for dementia? The more of us who ask candidates about their commitment to dementia care, research and dementia-friendly communities, the more likely they will be to send the message to their Party leadership. We need them to hear this on the door step. There is some information below that might be helpful in those conversations.
- Shout about it: Tell Twitter, Facebook and your friends that dementia is your General Election Issue. Use the official hashtag #GeneralElection2017 to put dementia on the map
- Become a campaigner: We will be asking campaigners to take action throughout the General Election campaign and once we have a new government. Unite with us and become a campaigner.
- Share your story: The more stories we have to share with the next government, the more powerful our work can be. You can share your story here
So people with dementia get the right support and are treated equally by the health and social care system
Prioritising dementia research
So people understand the disease and work towards a cure as well as improvements in care
Always informed by people affected by dementia
All of our calls on Government and society more widely are based on the experiences of people affected by dementia and what they have told us matters to them. We conduct regular research to ensure our campaigns are informed by their voice.