This year, one person will develop dementia every three minutes in the UK. In England, there are around 670,000 people living with some form of the condition, and that number is expected to double over the next 30 years.
With no known cure, it is essential that a combination of research and support initiatives are put in place to help those with dementia and their friends and families – and Plymouth University is playing a world-leading role in making that happen.
Researchers in our Medical School, working alongside national and international colleagues, are pioneering cutting edge clinical trials into the potential causes and treatments of this devastating and progressive illness.
And academics across all our faculties are guiding international organisations, including the UK Government, to enhance the support available in health settings, in communities and in the home.
Ian Sherriff, Academic Partnership Lead for Dementia, said:
While we are proud of what we have achieved so far, we are all aware that there is more to do – support from the highest levels and the continued efforts of innovators in the lab, in clinic and in society will help us to tackle this pernicious diseaseRead more about Ian Sherriff
More news about our dementia initiatives
- Conference addresses dementia in the UK – and Far East 17 April 2018
- Short film aims to raise profile of the effects of early onset dementia 17 April 2018
- National report on airport accessibility 31 August 2017
- Music sessions can help millions who struggle to speak to lead a richer life, study suggests 15 June 2017
- Plymouth expert plays role in national dementia conference 30 May 2017
Launch for first National Memory Day, the flagship event of Dementia Awareness Week 2017
The benefits of the written and spoken word to people with dementia, and those who care for them, were celebrated at the launch of the National Memory Day project in London.Find out more
VOYAGE is an inter-disciplinary initiative that harnesses research and innovation in the field of ageing across Plymouth University and its many external partners. Through seven complementary themes bringing together over 75 academicsVisit the VOYAGE page
Dementia Friendly Communities
Dementia Friendly Communities is a programme which facilitates the creation of dementia-friendly communities across the UK.
Everyone shares part of the responsibility for ensuring that people with dementia feel understood, valued and able to contribute to their community.Find out about Dementia Friendly Communities on the Alzheimer's Society website