In March 2012, the Prime Minister set a challenge to deliver major improvements in dementia care and research by 2015. Three champion groups were set up to focus on the main areas for action: driving improvements in health and care, creating dementia-friendly communities and improving dementia research.
In 2015, this was followed by a second Challenge. This summarised the progress that had been made since 2012 and also contained a commitment to make England:
- the best country in the world for dementia care and support and for people with dementia, their carers and families to live; and
- the best place in the world to undertake research into dementia and other neurodegenerative diseases.
The Challenge was followed by an Implementation Plan which contained detailed steps that the government and other national bodies would take to improve the quality of life for people with dementia and their carers. These fell into four key themes:
- Risk reduction
- Health and care
- Dementia awareness and social action
Alzheimer’s Society is working closely with other organisations to achieve these commitments.