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Alzheimer's Society

Alzheimer’s Society is the UK’s leading dementia support and research charity. We provide services, fund research and advise health and social care professionals. Working nationally and locally, we campaign for improved care and greater awareness and understanding of dementia.

Updated:
17 February 2017
Location:
South West
Sectors:
Charity
Local Alliances:
Swindon Dementia Action Alliance

1. Action Plan

1. The National Dementia Declaration lists seven outcomes that the DAA are seeking to achieve for people with dementia and their carers. How would you describe your organisation’s role in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers?

Alzheimer's Society is the UK's leading support, care and research charity for people with dementia, their families and carers. We provide information and support for those with any form of dementia and their carers. We advise and train professionals working in the field, fund research, run quality support and care services, and campaign for improved health and social care and greater public understanding of dementia. 

We work in partnership with others to ensure that support is always there for people with dementia and that people receive a timely diagnosis, that the condition is understood and that people with dementia have the same rights as other members of society. We will achieve this through funding scientific breakthroughs, strengthening communities by increasing understanding of the needs of people with dementia and the contribution of carers and striving to put an end to discrimination and stigma.

2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?

Dementia is higher on the public and political agenda than it has ever been. We have seen action across England to begin implementing the National Dementia Strategy. The task at hand now is to use that strong position and build on the momentum achieved by creating a broad church of individuals and organisations committed to action. 

Public awareness of dementia is rising but understanding about dementia is poor. There is limited public appreciation that it is possible to live well with dementia and to make big differences to quality of life for people with dementia and their carers. Poor understanding is something common among the general public as well as people working in health and social care services.

People with dementia are diagnosed too late and families often report not receiving the information and support they need to begin living well with dementia. People with dementia often face social isolation and poor outcomes.

There is a limited amount of funding going into dementia research compared to other major disease groups like cancer. 

In a difficult economic climate we need to clearly make the case for action on dementia to achieve better outcomes in a cost effective way.

Member website

www.alzheimers.org.uk

2. Actions

  • Active Swindon DAA membership and support

    Continue to be an active member of the Swindon DAA, providing support and advice, as well as taking a leading role in Stakeholder events.

    In 2017, Supporting through the Accelerator Site programme and on-going assistance to the DAA Coordinator

    Status:
    Implementation
  • Supporting people affected by dementia

    Supporting people living with dementia and raising awareness through our services such as Dementia Advisor and Singing for the Brain
    Status:
    Implementation
  • Increasing use of Dementia Connect

    Actively promoting Dementia Connect to people affected by dementia and businesses/organisations that provide support to increase the information available across Swindon

    Status:
    Being implemented