The IDEAL research project is a major, five-year longitudinal cohort study of 1500 people with who have difficulties with memory, thinking or behaviour, that may have been described as dementia or an associated condition, and on the family members or friends who provide support throughout the UK.

The project draws together expertise from psychology, sociology, medicine, public health, economics, social policy, physiology and statistics to examine in detail what can be done to ensure that as many people as possible are enabled to live well with dementia

The aim of the IDEAL project is to find out what makes it easier or more difficult for people to live well with dementia, and what can be done to help more people to live well with dementia.

The findings from the study will help to identify what can be done by individuals, communities, health and social care practitioners, care providers and policymakers to improve the likelihood of living well with dementia.

The study will be the first large-scale study of its kind, and the results will provide a unique resource and focus for social science research on dementia.