Alzheimer's Society (UK)

The Alzheimer’s Society is the leading care and research charity (Registered charity No: 296645) for people with dementia and their carers. It brings together carers, family members, health and social care professionals, researchers, scientists and politicians through a shared concern for people with dementia and those who care for them.

History of the Society

The Alzheimer’s Society (originally the Alzheimer’s Disease Society) was founded in 1979 by Mrs Cora Phillips MBE with the support and co-operation of Mrs Morella Kayman. Their personal experiences of caring for loved ones with dementia highlighted the need to improve awareness of dementia and improve the quality of care, support and information for people with dementia and their carers.

An Alzheimer’s Disease Society steering committee was formed, consisting of carers and medical professionals. The first annual general meeting, at which 98 members and supporters were present, was held on 13 September 1980. The first Newsletter was published in January 1981. A development officer was employed at around this time, and the first branches were set up in Oxford and Bromley in 1980 and 1981 respectively.

The members of the Society agreed the change of name to ‘Alzheimer’s Society’ at the annual general meeting in 1999.

What the Society Does

The Society has expertise in information and education for carers and professionals. It provides helplines and support for carers, runs quality day and home care, funds medical and scientific research and gives financial help to families in need. It campaigns for improved health and social services and greater public understanding of all aspects of dementia.


The Alzheimer’s Society is a registered charity and a company limited by guarantee. It operates in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. In Scotland, contact Alzheimer Scotland – Action on Dementia.

The Society is a membership organisation with 25,000 members who elect the board of trustees at the annual general meeting. The board is informed by an advisory council of volunteer members elected from area forums which are held in each of the Society’s 15 operational areas.

Local Branches

The Society delivers services through a network of branches, made up of volunteers and staff working in partnership.

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