The Alzheimer's Society

The Alzheimer’s Society
The Society is the leading support and research charity for people with dementia, their families and carers.   There are 800,000 people with dementia in the UK with numbers set to rise to one million by 2021. The Society's fight for a better world for people with all types of dementia takes a wide range of forms. Through their network of local services, they touch the lives of over 30,000 people every week, providing practical services and support for people with dementia and their carers.

Local support: Alzheimer's Society staff and volunteers provide both local information and over 2,000 services across England, Wales and Northern Ireland to people affected by dementia in their communities. These include day care and home care for people with dementia, as well as support and befriending services to help partners and families cope with the demands of caring. From Alzheimer's Cafés and innovative Singing for the Brain sessions to memory-book projects and group outings, the Society's services provide both practical support and an essential point of human contact.

Telephone and online services:  The Society provides reliable and up-to-date information to help with every aspect of living with dementia: from understanding diagnosis and assessment to dealing with the financial challenges that may be encountered. Their range of over a hundred factsheets and other publications on dementia provide the answers to many of the common questions that have been asked over the years.  The advisers on the Society’s national dementia helpline (Tel: 0300 222 1122) will ensure that you receive all the information you need. You can also access a wide range of information through their website, and learn from the experiences of other carers or people with dementia through their online support network, Talking Point.  Society members also receive a monthly magazine, Living with dementia, which provides all the latest news and developments in the field of dementia.

Research:  The Society aims to increase its investment in their research programme to around £10 million a year by 2017. This money funds important research that helps them to improve the quality of life for people with dementia, by tackling questions related to the causes of dementia, investigating good practice in care and treatment, and pursuing a cure.

Campaigning and raising awareness:   The Society demands a better future for everyone affected by all forms of dementia. With the help of their members and supporters, it campaigns for the rights of people with dementia and those who care for them through a combination of detailed policy analysis, lobbying, influencing and direct action.

For more information about the Society, click HERE to access their website.