National Dementia Declaration

With the publication of the National Dementia Declaration in 2010 we announced the launch of Dementia Action Alliance - a major plan of action to change the experience of living with dementia in England for good.

The National Dementia Declaration describes seven outcomes that people living with dementia and their carers would like to see in their lives. They provide an ambitious and achievable vision of how they are supported by society. Click here to see a timeline of policy for the provision of dementia care in England.

The National Dementia Declaration is based on 7 'I Statements': 

  1. I have personal choice and control or influence over decisions about me.
  2. I know that services are designed around me and my needs.
  3. I have support that helps me live my life.
  4. I have the knowledge and know-how to get what I need.
  5. I live in an enabling and supportive environment where I feel valued and understood.
  6. I have a sense of belonging and of being a valued part of family, community and civic life.
  7. I know there is research going on which delivers a better life for me now and hope for the future.

Download the National Dementia Declaration for England  here. 

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Government action on dementia -
a timeline

In 2009 the then government in England published a five-year National Dementia Strategy. As part of this work, strategies on end of life care and carers are also in place. NICE/SCIE guideline 2006 and Dementia Quality Standards describe what good dementia care should look like.

During his tenure as Prime Minister, David Cameron launched the Government’s five year vision for dementia known as The Prime Minister’s Challenge on Dementia, and latterly The Prime Minister’s Challenge on Dementia 2020.

This includes ambitions to boost dementia research, train more health and care staff, follow up timely diagnosis with greater access to help, advice and support for people with dementia and their carers, increase public awareness and create more dementia friendly public and private organisations and communities.

In a letter to Alzheimer's Society CEO, Jeremy Hughes CBE in 2016, the Rt Hon Theresa May MP confirmed her commitment to dementia as part of her role as Prime Minister. 

The Department of Health, as a signatory to the National Dementia Declaration, has set out what it intends to do to help improve the lives of people with dementia and works with Dementia Action Alliance members to carry out these actions.