Will you help us spread the word about the importance of research for people affected by dementia?

Dementia Action Week kicks off today, 21 May, and is a chance for us all to raise awareness of dementia research.  This year dementia organisations are highlighting that awareness of dementia is no longer enough; we need everyone to take an action, big or small, to help make the UK a better place to live with dementia.

Research, and taking part in it, is vital if we want to beat dementia. But we need more people to get involved.

Anyone can take an action to help shine a light on how important dementia research is, and how only with more people like you, who are willing to volunteer their time, will we find new and better ways to treat and care for people affected by dementia.

Without further ado, here are our top suggestions on how to get involved this Dementia Action Week:


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1. Encourage a friend to sign up to Join Dementia Research

Dementia research relies on volunteers like you to progress and one day, find a way to beat dementia. More volunteers for research, means researchers can find answers quicker.

Tell your friends about research.


70 discoveries image2. Celebrate 70 years of the NHS in the I Am Research campaign 

Every day between May and July, the NIHR will be unveiling 70 discoveries that have helped shape healthcare today.

Read more online or offer your suggestions on Twitter and Facebook using #70discoveries


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3. Suggest an idea for research

Knowing what research to fund relies on knowing what questions need to be answered most urgently.

The NIHR want everyone – patients, carer, clinicians, health and social care workers as well as researchers – to have their say.

Suggest your research idea today


Join Dementia Research Champion, Hilary Doxford4. Become a Join Dementia Research champion

Our fantastic Join Dementia Research Champions are a group of people who are helping accelerate progress by raising awareness of Join Dementia Research in their community.

Anyone passionate about making a difference can be a Champion – members of the public as well as health and social care or research professionals.

Read more about becoming a champion, and watch Hilary’s video


5. Follow Join Dementia Research on social mediJoin Dementia Research social mediaa

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter all through the week. We’ll be sharing videos, interviews, articles about research legends and discoveries, as well as ways to get involved.

Join the conversation using the hashtags #DAW2018, #IAmResearch, and #NHS70