In this Department of Health video web blog posting, Professor Alistair Burns (National Clinical Dementia Director, Department of Health) talks, in his third web blog video on the Prime Minister’s Challenge on Dementia, about the creation of dementia-friendly communities and efforts to improve UK dementia research to world-class strength.
Dementia Friendly Communities
There are four components concerning the creation of dementia-friendly communities:
- Up to 20 cities, towns and villages should have signed up to become more dementia-friendly by 2015
- Support from leading businesses is important. The PM’s Challenge on Dementia is expected to receive support from leading businesses.
- A nationwide campaign will work to raise awareness of dementia.
- The PM’s Challenge on Dementia will receive support from UK business leaders, academia and the public sector during an event planned for Summer 2012.
Strengthening of UK Dementia Research
- Funding for dementia research will more than double to over £66 Million by 2015.
- There will be significant investment in brain scanning.
- £13m funding for social science research on dementia will be channelled into the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).
- The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) will fund four new NIHR dementia biomedical medical research units.
- People attending memory clinics will be offered the chance to participate in high quality research; up to 10% of people with dementia might be involved in clinical trials.