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- 21 February 2019
- Health, Care
1. Action Plan
Around 850,000 people were thought to have dementia in the UK in 2015. Numbers of people with dementia in the UK are forecast to reach over 1 million by 2025 and over 2 million by 2051, primarily as a result of the UK’s ageing population profile. Around one in every 79 members of the entire UK population, and one in every 14 of the population aged 65 years and over, has dementia.
A diagnosis of dementia doesn't mean life has to grind to a halt overnight. Many people live well for years following a diagnosis, and there are lots of things you can do to continue enjoying later life and stay as independent as possible.
Commitment 1 relating to Dementia Statement - Independence/Interdependence/Dependence
Age UK provides advice to older people living with dementia or concerned about symptoms of dementia to make informed choices and provide information. We believe it is possible to live well with dementia and we work to enable the structures to support this.
Please explain how your organisation will achieve Commitment 1
We will continue to produce guidance for those living with dementia and their carers, with their input and guidance.
Commitment 2 relating to Dementia Statement - Carers
We continue to support carers in all aspects of their life.
Please explain how your organisation will achieve Commitment 2
We campaign for the rights of carers, in all aspects of daily life.
Commitment 3 relating to Dementia Statement - Carers
We continue to support carers through our network and local Age UKs. We produce national guidance and campaign for carers to get the right support.
Please explain how your organisation will achieve Commitment 3
In 2019 we will be publishing 'Behind the Headlines' highlighting issues that are frequently raised by carers and those living with dementia when they speak to Age UK.
Promote dementia friendly services
We will work with a further 30 local partners to make their services more dementia friendly through our 'Fit as a Fiddle' programme, funded through the Big Lottery Fund.
2014 - Second Quarter Update
The report, Living Life with Dementia has been updated and refreshed, to include reference to the developing Dementia Strategy and the role of Age UK in the recent G7 summits. In addition, case studies from local Age UK’s reflecting the key outcomes of the Dementia Strategy have been included in the report. The updated report can be found here:
Produce new dementia guides
Recognise the needs of people with dementia and their carers when developing information and advice resources
2014 - Fourth Quarter Update
We have produced two Information Guides - Living with early stage dementia: living well in the present and planning for the future and Caring for someone with dementia: a practical guide to help you. In addition we are now mindful of the needs of people with dementia when writing and updating our full range of Information Guides, both in terms of content and accessibility. Information Guides are available to download from our website http://www.ageuk.org.uk/publications/age-uk-information-guides-and-factsheets/ or by calling Age UK Advice 0800 169 65 65.