According to The King’s Fund, there are an estimated 850,000 people with dementia in the United Kingdom – a figure set to double over the next two decades – plus an estimated 500,000 carers for people with dementia.
On 24 February, The King’s Fund and the Alzheimer’s Society are hosting a one-day conference to celebrate recent progress in support for people and families living with dementia.
An ambitious project to register one million people by 2015 who can increase understanding of dementia, is one of the next steps in the Prime Minister’s Dementia Challenge. Under the scheme led by the Alzheimer’s Society, people who become dementia friends will be given free information sessions, to help them raise awareness of dementia in their communities.
Other measures include providing £9.6m for dementia research, extra support for GPs to spot and diagnose dementia, and a pilot programme in schools and youth projects to help young people become dementia aware.