What we do


We are here for anyone worried about or affected by dementia. We provide information and support, fund medical and social research, and campaign for better quality of life for people with dementia and greater understanding of the condition.

Everything we do is guided by the things people affected by dementia have said they want to see in their lives.


Information and advice

We are the first point of contact for anyone dealing with dementia - whether you are worried about dementia or have it yourself, are a family member or carer, or a health or social care professional, and wherever you live.

Through this website, our publications and National Dementia Helpline, we provide comprehensive, reliable and up-to-date information about dementia to help people to understand it and empower people to live well with it. We also have an online support and discussion forum, Talking Point.

Care and support

We have almost 3,000 community-based services across England, Wales and Northern Ireland, providing practical and emotional support for people with dementia and their carers. 

These include dementia advisers and support workers, dementia cafes, day and home support, befriending, carer support groups and our innovative Singing for the Brain groups.

We also help others to improve and develop their dementia care practice through our training and consultancy and publications for health and social care professionals. 


We are dedicated to defeating dementia through pioneering research, and fund an innovative programme of research into the cause, cure, care and prevention of dementia.

By 2017, we aim to spend at least £10 million a year on new research projects that will make a real difference to people's lives.

One distinctive feature of our ground-breaking research programme is the integral involvement of people with early-stage dementia and carers. As part of our Research Network, volunteers with direct experience of living with dementia inform our research priorities.


We demand a better future for everyone affected by all forms of dementia. With the help of our members and supporters, we campaign for change that will improve all aspects of care and support.

From lobbying to influencing health and social care commissioners to improving public understanding of dementia, we help people to live well in their own homes, residential homes or hospital.


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