||Much is already being done to improve dementia care: investment in a nationwide campaign to raise awareness of dementia, funding for better research, assistance for carers in their responsibilities and creating dementia-friendly communities. Nevertheless, many argue that more work is still required in order to improve support for people with dementia. According to the Alzheimer’s Society Report, Dementia 2012: A National Challenge, three-quarters of the people in the UK feel that society is not geared up to deal with dementia.
A crisis referred to by the Prime Minister as being “on par with high rates of HIV and cancer in previous decades”, this timely symposium provides an invaluable opportunity to explore the challenges faced in dealing with dementia by the whole society. The symposium will provide a platform to discuss how to raise awareness of dementia, explore how to tackle the stigma attached to the condition and examine the next steps needed to strengthen local partnership working and improve support and services.