The Alzheimer’s Society’s moto is “United Against Dementia” and since it was first set up 40 years ago it has achieved some fantastic milestones:
- 1979 set up to support families and carers, to promote research and educate people about dementia
- 1989 successfully lobbied for dementia sufferers to be exempted from the then Poll Tax
- 1998 TV presenter Anne Robinson launched their National Dementia Helpline, which received 24,000 calls in its first year
- 2013 A Dementia Friends programme was started, with the aim of changing the way the nation thinks, acts and talks about dementia. Within 2 years over 1m people had become Friends.
- 2018 The UK Dementia Research Institute (DRI) was opened focussing on lab based research to find a cure for dementia
- 2019 as part of their 40th anniversary celebrations, a £20m programme has been put in place to look at how technology can improve care for people with dementia
Their work has certainly been inspirational and they are calling on everyone to unite and help them achieve their vision – a world without dementia. To find out more visit their website www.alzheimers.org.uk
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