It is vitally important that people are diagnosed early and accurately. It unlocks their access to the right care, enables them to take part in research and will be crucial to access new treatments when they arrive.

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We’re working closely with government and other organisations to improve how dementia diagnosis happens now, understand how breakthroughs in research can transform the way dementia is diagnosed, and prepare for the arrival of new, life-changing treatments.

Improving dementia diagnosis: what could change in primary care?

The search for life-changing dementia treatments is beginning to yield tangible results. Now is the time for primary care to adapt to diagnosing people at the earliest stages of dementia, when treatments are most likely to be effective.

Are we ready to deliver disease-modifying treatments?

Our report emphasises the urgent need to ensure the health system is ready to deliver new treatments as soon as they become available.

The Right to Know: Accurate and Earlier Diagnosis of Dementia

Outlining our vision of how dementia diagnostics capability in the UK can be reformed to improve access to scanning equipment and other diagnostic tools. This would increase the number of people diagnosed with dementia and reduce the backlog exacerbated by the pandemic.

Detecting and Diagnosing Alzheimer’s disease

We explored people’s views on what an early diagnosis might mean to them, and the ways the health service can better support people to receive an early diagnosis.

Translating Science into Breakthroughs: the future of late-stage dementia clinical trials in the UK

People with dementia are at risk of missing out on new treatments if the UK does not improve how it hosts clinical trials, according to a new report from Alzheimer’s Research UK.

Alzheimer’s Research UK ‘extremely concerned’ by drop in dementia diagnosis rate

Alzheimer’s Research UK warns the drop in the number of people receiving a diagnosis for dementia since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic is ‘extremely concerning’.

The EDoN initiative

Exploring the role that digital data and wearable technologies could play in transforming the early detection of the diseases that cause dementia.

Access to treatments

We’re working to ensure future dementia treatments reach people as quickly as possible.

Get Involved with Policy

Get facts and stats

The facts and statistics around dementia in the UK, including prevalence, the impact on the economy and investment.

Policy Involvement Panel and Sounding Boards

Our panels of people affected by dementia help drive our policy work and policymakers understand the impact of dementia.

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With your support, we can make sure people living with dementia and research into the condition remain a national priority.

About our policy work

We're working with governments worldwide, funders, industry, and people impacted by dementia to support life-changing research.