Health and Social Care Secretary plans to boost funding for research to better understand neurodegenerative diseases that cause dementia.
A new 10-Year Plan to tackle dementia will be published later this year, Health and Social Care Secretary Sajid Javid announced Tuesday morning.
Speaking at Alzheimer’s Society Conference 2022 the Health and Social Care Secretary confirmed the 10-Year Plan will focus on how new medicines and emerging science and technology can be harnessed to improve outcomes for dementia patients across the country.
Record NHS funding will help reduce the Covid backlog of dementia diagnoses, with 30,000 people facing delays during the pandemic. This will ensure timely support for the more than 900,000 believed to be living with dementia in the UK.
The plan will also focus on supporting people with their specific health and care needs while living with dementia.
The prediction is one million people will be living with dementia by 2025 and 1.6 million by 2040.
Work was started by the UK government to tackle the global dementia challenge at the first G8 dementia summit in 2013, and the Challenge on Dementia 2020 was another milestone which saw one million care workers and one million NHS workers receiving dementia awareness training.
The government has already committed £375 million into research on neurodegenerative diseases over the next five years and the Health and Social Care Secretary has committed to working across government to boost this further.
The UK government is already working with those who best understand dementia, including the Alzheimer’s Society, ahead of setting out plans for tackling dementia.
Up to 40% of dementia is considered potentially preventable and what is good for the heart is also good for the brain, which is why the strategy will also include actions to tackle high blood pressure, physical inactivity, alcohol, obesity and to promote healthy eating.