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Dementia Action Week 2018

Lakshini Mendis

Did you know that we are in the middle of Dementia Action Week 2018 (21-27 May 2018)? Take steps to stand united with people living with dementia this week.

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Tuesday 22nd May 2018

There are 850,000 people with dementia in the UK today – this number is set to rise to 1 million by 2021 and the majority will be over the age of 65. Many people have to fight for months to even receive a diagnosis – which is essential to help them get the support and care they need.

On the first day of Dementia Action week, Prime Minister Theresa May announced the first major mission of the Ageing Grand Challenge. The Prime Minister recognised that harnessing the power of research, technology and charities together, can help us make a step in changing dementia understanding, care, and support. Her announcement provides new hope for people affected by dementia, not just in the UK, but also through our global leadership.

In response to the Prime Minister’s announcement, Jeremy Hughes, Chief Executive of Alzheimer Society, said: ‚ÄúThis announcement is ideally timed, at the start of Dementia Action Week, highlighting the importance of Government addressing dementia and the ageing population urgently.”

Find out what is happening in your area using the Dementia Action Week map tool. Join in the conversation on social media using the #DAW2018 hashtag.