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Why we must be educating people in midlife about reducing their risk of dementia

Along with Public Health England and Alzheimer’s Society, we ran an innovative pilot project which saw, for the first time, dementia risk reduction messages delivered to 40-64-year-olds during their NHS Health Check.

I Am Still Me

Helen spent nine months before she took a single picture, to be sure to get to know the individuals and capture an image true to their character.

The final goodbye

On Tuesday 24 April 2007, Michelle was diagnosed with early-onset dementia at the age of 38. We knew there and then that life would never be the same.

Man holding picture frame and looking into the distance. He sits indoors, on a sofa.

Going beyond memory – the dementia that affects your vision

One of these other forms of dementia is posterior cortical atrophy (PCA), which is a rare subtype of Alzheimer’s disease.

Behind the headlines: can one in three dementia cases be prevented?

‘How can I prevent dementia?’ is one of the most common questions we hear at Alzheimer’s Research UK. And no wonder: without treatments to affect the underlying diseases, it’s natural for people to look for ways to stave off the condition. It’s also hugely important for government, as action to help people reduce their dementia risk should mean fewer people developing the condition in future.

Dementia can no longer be ignored

Dementia is the biggest cause of death for women in the UK, and the second biggest for men.

Could your health data help power dementia research?

Prof Lovestone spoke about two projects where patients have agreed to share their medical records anonymously – allowing researchers to spot trends about how diseases like Alzheimer’s develop, or for example, what biological changes in the body might be used to help diagnose the disease earlier and more accurately.

Trekking volcanos for our Dad – will you join us?

When we saw that the trek involved climbing volcanoes in Guatemala, a challenging seven days of walking, climbing and scaling the highest peaks in Central America – we knew this was for us.

The hunt for Alzheimer’s treatments – amyloid and beyond

In recent years, we’ve seen several trials of anti-amyloid drugs shelved after failing to benefit patients, so is it time to rethink the whole amyloid approach?

Conquering the Everest Marathon for my dad

Mike Curtis ran the Everest Marathon in May 2017 with his partner Christine, in honour of his father Lance who is living with Alzheimer’s disease. He describes the difficult but incredible challenge.

What do we know about head injury and dementia?

In recent months, there have been a number of reports in the media on the emerging link between blows to the head, contact sports and dementia. This week at Alzheimer’s Association International Conference 2017 we had the opportunity to hear from scientists to learn what research is going on.

Using big data to solve a big problem

‘Big data’ might sound like jargon, but it’s a good label for what it describes: very large, often complex amounts of information.

Can you help us keep dementia research on the new government’s agenda?

We need you to raise your voices to help us make sure every MP knows just how important dementia research is to the people they serve.

My first Father’s Day without Dad

This year’s Father’s Day will be Alison’s first without her dad John. He sadly died from vascular dementia after being diagnosed in 2007 at the age of 71. She decided to write a blog for Alzheimer’s Research UK, to share her experience with others and encourage donations to vital research this Sunday.

Leaving a gift in your Will

Bequeathing an amount in our Will was one of the more satisfying ways that we have found to fundraise for Alzheimer’s Research UK.

Scientist focus: Ashwin Venkataraman

Dr Ashwin Venkataraman is a Psychiatrist at Imperial College London, and an Alzheimer’s Research UK-funded Clinical Research Fellow. We caught up with him recently to find out more about his research into the potential links between alcohol abuse and Alzheimer’s disease.

Why Harry Gardner’s Britain’s Got Talent message is so important

The tribute highlighted how his nan’s Alzheimer’s had robbed her of her ability to recognise him and the loss he felt when she no longer carried chocolate in her handbag – a habit that Harry and her other grandchildren had come to associate so strongly with her.

The other side of comfortable

Laura tells us why she puts herself through her gruelling training, and why she’s fundraising for Alzheimer’s Research UK.

Our new Director of Research

Dr Carol Routledge has recently joined Alzheimer’s Research UK as our new Director of Research. What experience does she bring to the charity and what does she see in the future for Alzheimer’s Research UK? We caught up with Carol as she begins her new role.

What’s it like being a media volunteer?

Interview with one of our media volunteers.

London Marathon 2017: ‘My father helped create it, my mother inspired me to run it’

Many were running for causes close to their hearts. Others wanted to win it. For me, it carried slightly more significance. For thirty-six years earlier, my father, along with his friend John Disley, dreamt up and organised the first ever London Marathon.

Election countdown: will you help us #campaignfordementia?

In every general election, particular issues of the day will always feature heavily in the debate, and as Britain prepares to vote on 8 June, it’s inevitable that Brexit negotiations will dominate the campaign. But our next government will also be able to influence a range of other important issues, including the future of dementia research.

My parents in my pocket

On Sunday 23 April 2017 Siobhann took to the streets of London to run the London Marathon for Alzheimer’s Research UK, raising over £6,500. All the way round, she held onto a treasured photo of her parents.

AXA UK and ARUK Partnership Success Story

It was two years ago today that AXA employees chose Alzheimer’s Research UK as their charity partner for the next three years.

Exciting new phase in the UK Dementia Research Institute

This week, the locations of the five other UK DRI centres were revealed, with the University of Cambridge, Cardiff University, University of Edinburgh, Imperial College London and King’s College London all set to join the national institute alongside UCL.