Dementia is a "time bomb", according to Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, and the Government will be "backing" any community actively supporting local sufferers.
It is estimated that 800,000 people suffer from dementia in the UK. It has been estimated that the figure will soar to 1.7 million by 2051.
– Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt
The dementia timebomb is one of the most pressing challenges this country faces in the years ahead.
We have made real progress in starting to tackle this challenge, with over £50 million going towards dementia friendly health and care environments, and the first ever G8 Dementia Research Summit to be held in December this year.
But this report makes clear that we need to go further and faster to change attitudes and build awareness in our communities.
This government is backing communities to give people with dementia all the help and support they need to live well with this illness.