Prime Minister David Cameron has set out a new strategy for fighting dementia.
“Britain will expand its efforts to combat dementia over the next five years” said Mr Cameron as he announced ‘Challenge on Dementia 2020’ – his long-term strategy for boosting research, improving care and raising public awareness about the condition.
A growing problem, in 10 years it is expected there will be one million people living with dementia in the UK. Worldwide, the number of people living with dementia is estimated at 44 million people (this figure is projected to double by 2030).
Announcing the plan today (21 February 2015), the Prime Minister said: “Dementia is one of the greatest challenges of our lifetime, and I am proud that we are leading the world in fighting it.
“Because of the growing strength of our economy, we can invest in research and drug development, as well as public understanding, so we defeat this terrible condition and offer more hope and dignity for those who suffer.
“That way, we can help make Britain a country that offers security in retirement for all.
Challenge on Dementia 2020 will see the UK government invest over £300 million into UK research and medical innovation. Alongside this, an international dementia institute will be established in England within 5 years, helping to make the UK a world leader in fighting dementia.
Additionally, members of the public will be able to take part in free sessions in schools, shops, church halls or their own workplaces – dementia-friendly communities composed of ‘Dementia Friends.’
The Prime Minister’s sees his new strategy as a key component in maintaining the UK’s status as a world leader in the fight against dementia.