The dementia challenge was launched in March 2012 by Prime Minister David Cameron to tackle one of the most important issues we face as the population ages.
The challenge is an ambitious programme of work designed to make a real difference to the lives of people with dementia and their families and carers.
The work to deliver the National Dementia Strategy has already achieved a lot. However, there are a number of issues that make it clear we need to do more:
- The number of people with dementia is increasing.
- Diagnosis rates are low.
- There is a lack of awareness and skills needed to support people with dementia and their carers.
The challenge on dementia sets out renewed ambition to go further and faster, building on progress made through the National Dementia Strategy, so that people with dementia, their carers and families get the services and support they need.
Watch this video about the launch of the library and the new products available to assist people with dementia.