Age Action Alliance Weekly Members News – 22 January 2018

Weekly Members News – 22/01/2018

Opportunities for Action


Meeting the Challenge of Dementia: Reducing Risk, Raising Awareness and Delivering High Quality Dementia Care

During the last few years, successive governments have taken various initiatives to improve care for people with dementia. In February 2015 the 2020 Challenge on Dementia was launched, followed by the Challenge on dementia 2020: implementation plan in March 2016. The Challenge 2020is divided into two clear phases:

  • up to 2018, covers immediate actions to improve dementia care, support, awareness and research
  • 2018-2020,covers longer term actions aimed at delivering all the 2020 Challenge commitments

With first phase of the Challenge on Dementia 2020 close to completion this symposium on Tuesday 13th March 2018, organised by Public Policy Exchange, offers an invaluable opportunity to assess the progress made in implementation, consider the priorities for the second phase, and examine the how to strengthen local partnership working to improve support and services for people with dementia and their carers.

If you wish to attend, please book online.


For Information


Innovation for Ageing: Just and ILC-UK launch new initative 

ILC-UK and Just launched a major new initiative last week aimed at identifying solutions to the growing problem of vulnerability in later life, bringing together experts, innovators and groups who work to support vulnerable consumers. The project will seek to identify and support the development of products and services that will address the challenges faced by ageing consumers at risk of vulnerability due to physical disability, serious illness, dementia or financial exclusion.

For more information, see the ILC-UK press release and this article in FT Adviser.



Last week the Government set out how it intends to tackle loneliness and combat social isolation, accepting a series of recommendations from the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness.

The first steps include appointing a ministerial lead on loneliness: the Minister for Sport and Civil Society Tracey Crouch will lead a cross-government group which will take responsibility for driving action on loneliness across all parts of government and keeping it firmly on the agenda. For more, and background, see this article in The Guardian.

Predictions for Dementia Research in 2018 

The Alzheimers Society has published an article setting out three areas in which progress in research may make progress this year.


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