Why Dementia Action Alliance exists
There are 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK - that’s 1 in 14 people. This is set to rise to 1 million by 2025, and will soar to 2 million by 2051.
Dementia costs the UK economy £26.3 billion a year. With unprecedented pressure on health and social care, society runs the risk of failing people living with dementia and their carers, with stretched services that are not tailored to their needs.
It doesn’t have to be this way.
We know that pockets of outstanding dementia care are happening across the country. There is potential to elevate these practices to benefit many more people living with dementia.
We exist to bring together national organisations to connect, share best practice and take practical action on dementia. We seek a similar level of change as has been seen in our society's response to cancer over recent decades.
We are proud to be members of Dementia Action Alliance. It brings together groups of people committed to making a real difference.
Dominique Kent, CEO - The Good Care Group
What is dementia?
Dementia is an incurable condition caused by over 100 different diseases of the brain that over time impairs the ability of someone with dementia to live independently. Symptoms can include memory loss, mood and personality changes and changes in behaviour. Many people with dementia also have other medical conditions, or develop them during the course of their illness.
Two thirds of people with dementia live in their own homes and one third live in care homes. Families currently provide the majority of care and support for people with dementia and this can be both tiring and stressful - physically, emotionally and financially. However, If people with dementia are diagnosed early and they and their families receive quality care, they can live well, and independently for longer.
Find out more about dementia: https://www.alzheimers.org.uk
Become a Dementia Friend: https://www.dementiafriends.org.uk