No time to lose: An action plan for dementia

September 2018

The five actions government can take to improve the lives of people with dementia

Put 1% of the cost of dementia towards research

Double researchers and people in dementia studies

Detect dementia before symptoms appear

Raise awareness of risk reduction and brain health

Prepare for a life-changing treatment
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Dementia is the healthcare crisis of our time.

It’s the leading cause of death in the UK and in recent years, death rates have continued to rise. Dementia is the only major cause of death we can’t slow down, prevent or cure and this comes at incredible cost. The number of people living with dementia is expected to rise to 1 million in just three years – the same year that dementia is projected to cost our economy £30bn.

Alzheimer’s Research UK is committed to increasing our investment in dementia research every year so we can one day achieve a world free from the fear, harm and heartbreak of dementia. We need government to do the same.

Through our action plan, government can help to bring about life-changing treatments and improve the lives of people with dementia.

Read the full report for details about how government, along with industry and charities, can achieve these goals and help bring about the first life-changing treatment for dementia by 2025.

Download the report