The PM challenge on dementia – creating dementia friendly communities, and improving dementia research

In this third blog about the Prime Minister’s challenge on dementia, Alistair talks about creating dementia friendly communities, and improving dementia research.

Summary

There are four key parts to creating dementia friendly communities:

  • up to 20 cities, towns and villages have signed up to be dementia friendly across England by 2015
  • the idea needs support from leading businesses
  • an awareness raising campaign
  • A major event in 2012 getting together people from academia, business and public sector leaders.

Research

  • there will be a doubling in funding for research to £60 Million by 2015
  • there will be a major investment in brain scanning
  • there will be extra money from the economic and social research council
  • National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) have funded 4 new NIHR dementia bio medical research units.
  • participation in high quality research – the aspiration is that 10% of people with dementia will be involved in a clinical trial.
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One Response to The PM challenge on dementia – creating dementia friendly communities, and improving dementia research

  1. Anne Forrest says:

    I am a director of Memories UK Ltd (a member of the SEC). We compile Digital Life Stories which have been proved to be the best form of Reminiscence Therapy for people living with dementia.

    Admiral Nurses, who have requested we compile their own Life Story, is keen on working with us on research into our model of compilations, but they are requesting funding to do so.

    Would you be so kind as to send me any relevant information please on this?

    For samples of our work please visit http://www.memories-unlimited.co.uk

    Many thanks
    Anne Forrest
    Director
    Memories UK Ltd
    Winchester
    01962 855575

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