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World Alzheimer’s Day: How you can make a difference in research

This World Alzheimer’s Day, as well as launching our blog, we’re encouraging everyone to take an active interest in dementia research.

Sir Terry Pratchett – Dementia Blog, what’s the point of it all?

The internet is a dumping ground and finding words of any worth in the flotsam and jetsam can be a chore. In spite of this, Alzheimer’s Research UK – a charity of which I’ve been patron since 2008 – believes more words in the form of a new dementia blog might tempt people away from cat videos long enough to read something of substance. Are they right?

Are dementia rates falling?

Dr Fiona Matthews announced findings from the UK-based multicentre study at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference 2013 in Boston this July, showing that the estimated number of people with dementia in the UK should be lowered from previous predictions.

When Alzheimer’s steals your sight

The visual symptoms aren’t caused by damage to the eyes, instead people with PCA have damage to areas at the back of the brain called the parietal and occipital lobes.

Battling for dementia research

In recent years, awareness of the disease has risen to new levels – but as ever, there are still improvements to be made.

Right drug, right patient, right time

This month we’ll be at the political party conferences urging all parties to continue to back dementia research. With no new drugs since 2003, and those in existence only showing modest efficacy, we desperately need new treatments that can delay the onset, slow the progression and manage the symptoms of dementia.

Dementia – a laughing matter

Less amusing are the jokes I’ve experienced throughout my five years working at Alzheimer’s Research UK with dementia used as a punch line.

Alzheimer’s disease and the cocktail party effect

Alzheimer’s disease is mostly thought of as a memory problem. But as many who deal with the disease know, this isn’t the only problem people experience.


Can I really cycle 450km across Vietnam?

I’ve never really taken part in a challenge for charity before; to be honest I’m not one to indulge in strenuous exercise much either. But recently I found myself signing up to do a 450km cycle challenge across Vietnam for Alzheimer’s Research UK and am about to embark on a journey that will test and push some emotional, mental and physical boundaries.

Climbing Kilimanjaro for my mum

I think the secret to good fundraising isn’t asking a few people for lots of money – it’s asking a lot of people for a little