It comes as Alzheimer’s Research UK reveals 94 per cent of dementia researchers are involved progress is in danger on account of fewer funding alternatives.
The charity has revealed that over three quarters – 77 per cent – of the general public imagine the Government’s pledge to extend its funding for dementia analysis to greater than £160 million a 12 months is both nonetheless essential – 59 per cent – or extra essential – 18 per cent – for the reason that coronavirus outbreak.
One in 5 folks suppose it’s much more essential due to the Covid-19 pandemic, which has seen folks with dementia among the many hardest hit.
Despite this, solely seven per cent of individuals imagine the Government will ship on the promise made throughout the 2019 election.
There are nearly a million folks dwelling with dementia within the UK immediately, however there are presently no remedies to sluggish, cease or stop the ailments, mostly Alzheimer’s, that trigger it.
In 2019, the Government promised to double funding for dementia analysis as a part of a ‘moonshot’ effort to discover a treatment. But so far no additional particulars have been given about how or when this funding can be made accessible.
In response to the findings, Dame Julie – whose grandmother died with vascular dementia – says the Government can’t forged apart the promise it made to the general public. The award-winning actress, who was born in Smethwick, is urging folks to take motion by signing Alzheimer’s Research UK’s petition.
She mentioned: “As somebody who witnessed the consequences of dementia rising up, I’m proud to be standing with the tens of hundreds of people who find themselves calling on Government to ship on its election promise to double funding into researching the situation.
“My grandmother had vascular dementia and she or he lived with us after we had been youngsters. We didn’t actually perceive her signs, however all of us liked her to bits. I nonetheless don’t know the way my mom coped having to care for her and take care of three younger kids.
“It’s appalling that over half of us know somebody affected by dementia, but there are not any remedies to sluggish, cease or stop it. Far too many households are being pressured to expertise the ache dementia causes each day due to the dearth of remedies and to place it merely, sufficient is sufficient.
“There is an pressing want for analysis to result in life-changing remedies for folks affected by dementia. With the tragic impression Covid-19 has had on these with the situation, the funding promised by Government is extra important now than it ever has been.
“I urge everybody to signal this petition, so we will make it clear to Government we won’t let their promise be forged apart.”
Hilary Evans, chief govt of Alzheimer’s Research UK, added: “While it’s proper that the response to the pandemic has needed to take precedence, dementia is our best long-term well being disaster and the lives of individuals affected by dementia are being torn aside by Covid-19. The search for life-changing dementia remedies has by no means been extra important.
“We are so grateful to have Dame Julie Walters standing with the hundreds who’ve signed our petition calling on authorities to ship on its election promise.
“With analysis efforts in danger and other people with dementia bearing the brunt of the pandemic, this instrumental funding should be made a actuality and it can’t come quickly sufficient.”