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The Retreat York joins the Dementia Action Alliance

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Dementia Action Alliance is made up of over 480 organisations committed to transforming the quality of life of people living with dementia in the UK and the millions of people who care for them.

There are 800,000 people with dementia in the UK and this number is set to grow to over one million people by 2025. The financial cost of dementia in the UK is £23 billion each year and growing.

Members of Dementia Action Alliance have signed up to a National Dementia Declaration. Created in partnership with people with dementia and their carers, the Declaration explains the huge challenges presented to our society by dementia and some of the outcomes we are seeking to achieve for people with dementia and their carers. Outcomes range from ensuring people with dementia have choice and control over decisions about their lives, to feeling a valued part of family, community and civic life.

Signatories to the Declaration have published their own Action Plans (The Retreat's Action Plan) setting out what they each will do to secure these outcomes and improve the quality of life of people with dementia by 2014. Organisations commitments include work to promoting information on dementia to councils and delivery of a national project on the care of people with dementia in hospitals.

The Dementia Action Alliance is supported by a Secretariat funded through voluntary financial and in kind contributions from members. It is hosted by the Alzheimer's Society and works to a programme agreed by the whole membership and people living with dementia and their carers who attend our sessions.