Dementia is set to be the 21st century’s biggest killer
Dementia Currently, we cannot prevent, cure or even slow down dementia. However, a healthy lifestyle can help to reduce the risk of developing the disease, such as regular exercise, a balanced diet and avoiding smoking.
There’s no hiding from the scale of the problem – dementia is set to be the 21st century’s biggest killer.
The biggest investment yet
Last year, Alzheimer’s Society made its biggest ever single commitment to dementia research, investing £50 million into the UK’s first dedicated Dementia Research Institute. The contribution formed part of a £250 million investment that will change the face of UK dementia research and we are excited to see the positive impact that this financial injection will have.
"People with dementia are supported by social care – not the NHS."
Unlike many other diseases, people with dementia are supported by social care – not the NHS. Decades of slashed government budgets have crippled the social care system, leaving an appalling human cost in its wake. People affected by dementia face re-mortgaging their homes to pay for care, plugging the gaps of a system close to collapse. This ‘Dementia Tax’ needs to end.
United in improving Dementia provision
Positively, every day we are seeing more people, every day, joining a growing movement of over two million Dementia Friends and over 225 Dementia Friendly Communities. Dementia Friends include faith groups, banks and retailers – they are just some of the many who are enabling people with dementia to live the lives they choose in their communities.
"Someone in the world develops dementia every three seconds."
Globally, dementia is one of the biggest challenges we face but, as more and more countries develop Dementia Friends programmes, we are tackling stigma and discrimination and helping to make a better life for people with dementia, wherever they live.
But it doesn't stop there; with someone in the world developing dementia every three seconds, we urgently need all of society to unite and help create a world without dementia.