Dementia Action Week took place from between 15 to 21 May this year and focused on getting an earlier diagnosis. Throughout the week, Join Dementia Research celebrated patients, members of the public, healthcare professionals and researchers involved in research.

Here’s some of our highlights from this year’s campaign – a selection of videos and written case studies shared throughout the week on social media. 

Mary on why she got involved in dementia research 

Mary took part in dementia research after losing her mother to the condition. In this video, she encourages others to volunteer for studies to help improve care and treatments for people with dementia in the future.

Geoff and Susie’s story

Susie was diagnosed with dementia in 2013 and she has since been taking part in research with her husband Geoff to help others with the condition in the future. They shared their story to help encourage others to participate in important research studies. 

Healthcare professionals video

Researchers, healthcare professionals and people affected by dementia explain what Join Dementia Research is and why all patients deserve the right to know about research.

Lewis on his grandmother Edna’s diagnosis 

Lewis Deakin, a communications manager at the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) wrote a blog in memory of his grandmother Edna, who died from vascular dementia in 2018. 

Maureen and Derek

In this video, volunteers Maureen and Derek explain why they joined Join Dementia Research, what the benefits have been and why they encourage others to sign up. 

Get involved

With more than 850,000 people currently living with dementia in the UK, the role of research has never been more important. It is estimated that by 2025, the number of people with dementia in the UK will be more than 1 million.

As Dementia Action Week comes to a close, please consider registering your interest in vital dementia research via the Join Dementia Research website and telling your family, friends and colleagues about our service. You could make a huge difference for future generations.