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. 

Jon Cruddas has called for greater support to be provided for families affected by dementia. In a visit to the Barking and Dagenham Alzheimer society last Friday 27th March, Jon spoke to staff about the immense challenges faced by those caring for people with dementia.

With the country’s population ageing over recent decades, the disease has been touching the lives of more and more families. There are now 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK, and by 2025, this will have risen to 1 million.

This week Jon Cruddas MP signed up to the Dementia Action Alliance’s Carers Call to Action.

At least 670,000 people in England have dementia and this number is set to double in the next 30 years. It is estimated that at least 550,000 people act as primary carers to those suffering from Dementia. Caring for a loved one with dementia is one of life’s hardest challenges. Despite their numbers and needs, carers tend to become isolated and if support is given, it is often provided late.