Policy development

The Alzheimer’s Society (UK) is a dementia support and research charitable organisation for people living with dementia in England, Wales and NI. With dementia strategies in each of the three regions, the Alzheimer’s Society (UK) continues to campaign to improve the quality of life of people with dementia and provide a vision for change. One way in which it does this is through its annual reports and other reports tackling specific issues in dementia. Not all of the reports include information on Northern Ireland but where they do, they have been included in this review. Three annual reports of the Alzheimer’s Society (UK) are presented in this section sequentially under a subheading for NI below.

The launch of the Irish National Dementia Strategy took place in 2014. The publication of the strategy follows years of advocacy work and builds on two earlier, valuable reports: An Action Plan for Dementia (1999) and Implementing Policy for Dementia Care in Ireland: The Time for Action is Now (2007). A public commitment in 2010 to developing an Irish National Dementia Strategy, followed by a commitment to this in the Programme for Government in 2011, and the consensus that a research review on dementia was necessary, resulted in several publications between 2010 and 2014 articulating a vision for dementia policy in ROI. Similarly to the publications for NI in this section, these publications are presented together under a subheading for ROI. The Alzheimer Society of Ireland has long campaigned for a National Dementia Strategy for ROI. Its advocacy work continued during the period 2010-2014 and four of its publications related to the development of the Irish National Dementia Strategy are also included. Since the release of the strategy, only two further documents relating to policy development and implementation have been released in RoI; NUI Galway reported on Atlantic Philanthropies investment in dementia in Ireland and it’s impact on policy and practice. The Alzheimer Society of Ireland commissioned a report examining the potential for a national dementia registry in Ireland.