Last month the National Dementia Action Alliance held its annual conference which brought together health professionals, charitable organisations and carers among others, to discuss national guidance on dementia care.

 

Saturday 21st September is World Alzheimer’s Day and Jon Cruddas MP is Joining Alzheimer’s Research UK to call for greater awareness of dementia and the need for more research. The announcement comes ahead of World Alzheimer’s Day as the charity launches a major new awareness campaign fronted by Samuel L. Jackson.

Monday 20th May 2019 marks the start of Dementia Awareness Week.

The word ‘dementia’ describes a set of symptoms that may include memory loss and difficulties with thinking, problem-solving or language. These changes are often small to start with, but for someone with dementia they have become severe enough to affect daily life. A person with dementia may also experience changes in their mood or behaviour.

This week is Dementia Action Week 2018 (21st-27th of May). There are currently 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK. Approximately 1 in 14 people over the age of 65 are living with dementia and approximately 40,000 are living with young-onset dementia (onset before the age of 65).

Janis Cottee a star volunteer of Jon Cruddas MP and committed dementia campaigner, recently attended an All-Party Parliamentary Group on Dementia meeting. Attending as a carer, Janis participated in conversations around dementia and disability.

This year the annual Dementia Action Alliance conference was attended by well over 100 members, individuals affected by dementia, and experts in their field across the health and social care sectors. The day was co-chaired by Professor Dawn Brooker of University of Worcester Association for Dementia Studies and Tracey Shorthouse a former District Nurse and Living with Dementia.

Earlier this month, the UK Dementia Congress held its 11th annual multi-disciplinary, dementia-focussed event and exhibition in the UK. The event provides a fantastic opportunity for people living with dementia, carers, and other professionals to learn from and be inspired by others’ experiences. The event which this year was open to the public for the first time, aims to help people make connections, and build bridges towards best practice in their own localities.

On Tuesday 17 March Dagenham and Rainham MP Jon Cruddas pledged to make this election memorable by taking action to support the 850,000 people living with dementia across the UK.

Jon Cruddas joined over 200 other MPs and representatives from Alzheimer’s Society in Westminster to meet people with dementia and commit to support those affected by the condition. On the day, Jon supported Alzheimer’s Society’s general election campaign that is calling for more people to get the dementia diagnosis they need and for everyone to be properly supported afterwards.