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Football and dementia

In his documentary programme Dementia, Football and Me, former footballer Alan Shearer investigates a potential link between playing football and the risk of a form of dementia related to head injuries. His documentary follows a small study we reported on earlier this year which pointed to the need for more research into an issue that other sports are already having to grapple with.

Why I’m Digging Deep into Alzheimer’s

In every part of the world, people are living longer than they used to. Thanks to scientific advancements, fewer people die young from heart disease, cancer, and infectious diseases. It’s no longer unusual for a person to live well into their 80s and beyond. My dad will celebrate his 92nd birthday in a couple weeks, a milestone that was practically unimaginable when he was born.

Why dementia doesn’t need to be the biggest killer

The natural reaction to this news may be one of sadness and fear – but we don’t want it to be that way. What we need now is hope and confidence in research. At Alzheimer’s Research UK we believe research has the power to defeat dementia, and it’s our mission to bring about the first life-changing treatment by 2025.

Dementia destroys lives…we must find a cure

I want to tell our story of early-onset dementia. It is important to me because so many people think of dementia as a condition that affects the elderly and makes them forgetful. The truth is that dementia can strike at any time and its effects on the person and their family can be shattering.

In the News – Proteins, Pedal Power and Promising results

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Why cycling? a reason, a respite and a reboot

Everybody has a story about how they got into cycling, what it means to them or why they do it. When we find ourselves moved to raise money for a cause, this story becomes a raison d’etre and history becomes motivation.

International Volunteer Managers Day

Sunday 5 November is International Volunteer Managers Day and here at Alzheimer’s Research UK, we’re celebrating the valuable support our volunteer managers give to all our amazing volunteers who really do make a difference.

Behind the headlines: could a nutrient drink slow down Alzheimer’s disease?

You may have seen stories in the media that a nutritional drink can slow down Alzheimer’s disease by reducing brain shrinkage and improving memory, but what is this drink and what is the science behind these claims?

In the news – Dementia, Drugs, and Dolphins

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What dementia means for ethnic minorities in the UK

There are approximately 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK, 15,000 of whom come from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities.

Dementia books for children

Dementia Explained helps children and young people better understand dementia and site features information pages, personal accounts, videos and games specifically tailored for children of different ages.

In the news – Maps, Menopause and Mount Fuji

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The Blood and the Brain – where is the link?

Dementia affects many of us, with devastating effects on individuals, families and friends. While we currently lack effective treatments to prevent the condition, new research is constantly advancing and changing our understanding of the diseases which lead to it.

Celebrating Older People: Silver Sunday

Silver Sunday takes place on 1 October this year, the same day as the United Nation’s International Day of Older People. With hundreds of free events and activities across the country already confirmed, this year is set to be the biggest celebration of older people yet.

An elderly man washing a car

Five things you may not know about frontotemporal dementia

In awareness-raising messages about dementia, the spotlight typically rests on Alzheimer’s disease as the most common cause of dementia, helping people to learn more about the condition and working to break down the stigma that surrounds it. However, at Alzheimer’s Research UK, you’ll often see “the power to defeat dementia” next to our logo because…

Moving mountains: fundraising and training for a trek

I’m sure I’ll meet some other amazing people on the volcanoes. I don’t yet know how I’m going to trek up five spires of fire, but I will learn.

A family walk together in a grassy field, holding hands. There are three women: a young girl, her mother, and her grandmother.

Tipping the scales on dementia risk

You often hear people saying ‘prevention is better than cure’, and while there is no sure-fire way to prevent dementia, we are beginning to understand that there are ways we could reduce our risk of developing the condition.

Ever considered volunteering for research?

We have seen a lot in the news over the last few months about recently published dementia research studies. This might have got you thinking, how do I get involved in research?

A coconut, a bottle of oil, and some shredded coconut, all on a black background.

Coconut oil for Alzheimer’s – separating fact from fiction

We examine the evidence for Coconut Oil as a treatment for Alzheimer’s, and look at the science behind the anecdotal claims.

Talking about dementia

My mum can no longer do anything for herself. She needs someone to get her dressed and out of bed, feed her, remind her to swallow when she’s eating or drinking, brush her teeth, wash her hair, change her and push her wheelchair. This is the reality of dementia.

Ian Fleig & daughter Jess at the London DIAD Family Conference.

Getting a genetic test for familial Alzheimer’s disease at 25

When people hear the word Alzheimer’s, many envision an elderly person shut away in the depths of a care home.  As a 25-year-old, I was all too aware that young people assume that it’s a natural part of ageing, and nothing for them to worry about yet. But it’s not, it’s a brain disease that strips everything away from the individual – and it doesn’t just affect the elderly.

How can a virtual reality game improve the diagnosis of dementia?

In May last year, when we joined forces with Deutsche Telekom and researchers at University College London (UCL) and the University of East Anglia (UEA) to launch the citizen science project Sea Hero Quest, we could not have anticipated the sensational response the game would have.

My life with Lance

Adele Lootes is the primary carer for her partner Lance, who was diagnosed with behavioural variant frontotemporal dementia four years ago, at the age of 45. Adele describes what life has been like, living with Lance.

Dean Harrison with his Mum

Those hands that once held mine

As I was sitting holding Mum’s hand in the hospital, I thought of all she meant to me and the number of times she had held my hand. I pretty much knew this was the last time she would do so.

Vascular dementia – where are the drugs?

While there are no treatments that can stop the spread of a disease like Alzheimer’s through the brain, there are at least some drugs that can help with the symptoms.