Age UK at Global Dementia Legacy Event
Published on 19 June 2014 01:00 PM
Speaking at the first global dementia legacy event today in London
Tom Wright, Chief Executive at Age UK said: 'The scale of the dementia challenge facing the global community is truly tremendous and it is vital that we continue to invest in research to better understand and fight this condition.
'However we must also never lose sight of the fact that with so many people living with dementia today, and with someone new being diagnosed every 4 seconds, we need to do so much more to both prevent and slow down the progression of dementia.
'At Age UK we want to see the types of coordinated care and health interventions that older people need to live as well and as independently as possible for as long as possible, even with dementia.
'Investment in innovation must take a more holistic approach that helps us find better ways to offer the kind of personalised, integrated care we know can make a huge difference.'
Notes to editors
Media contact: Liz Fairweather
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We work with our national partners, Age Scotland, Age Cymru and Age NI and our local Age UK partners in England (together the Age UK Family). We also work internationally for people in later life as a member of the DEC and with our sister charity Help Age International.
Age UK believes that everyone should have the opportunity to make the most of later life, whatever their circumstances. We provide free information, advice and support to over six million people; commercial products and services to over one million customers; and research and campaign on the issues that matter to people in later life. Our work focuses on five key areas: money matters, health and well being, home and care, work and training and leisure and lifestyle.
Age UK is a charitable company limited by guarantee and registered in England (registered charity number 1128267 and company number 6825798). Age Concern England and Help the Aged (both registered charities), and their trading and other associated companies merged on the 1st April 2009. Together they have formed the Age UK Group ("we"). Charitable services are offered through Age UK and commercial products are offered by the Charity's trading companies, which donate their net profits to Age UK (the Charity).