Resources to help research communications and engagement.

FAQ on dementia

Our Dementia FAQs leaflet offers example answers to questions you may be commonly asked by a member of the public. However, don’t feel that you need to learn it by heart. If you don’t know the answer to a question, the best thing to do is point people in the direction of their GP (for medical questions) or the Alzheimer’s Research UK Dementia Research Infoline. We produce a range of free health information booklets and can answer any other questions relating to dementia.

If you are asked about the use of animals in research, we have produced a booklet called ‘Why research using animals can help defeat dementia’. Please let us know if you have any questions or would like hard copies of this leaflet.

Dementia FAQs leaflet

Example answers to questions you may be commonly asked by a member of the public

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Why research using animals can help make breakthroughs

If you are asked about the use of animals in research.

Guidance and tip sheets

We have produced a range of tip sheets to help you with different aspects of engaging people with your research.

Writing a good lay summary

Lay summaries are really important to help members of the public understand dementia research and are a common feature in grant applications. This tip sheet will help you write a clear lay summary of your work.

Giving a public talk

This tip sheet will help you tailor your talk to a public audience, with guidance on how best to structure a talk, use visuals and captivate your audience.

Hosting a successful lab tour

If we’ve asked you to give a lab tour for our supporters, this guidance will help you prepare and deliver an engaging tour.

Social media guidance

This guidance will help you create engaging posts and reach more people through social media.

Talking to the media

This guide covers how the media work, and how researchers can explain their research simply through the media.


This glossary will help to adapt your language when talking to the public, with suggestions for how to explain technical terms.

Engagement activities

Hands-on activity resources

We contributed some hands-on activities to the 2019 British Science Week activity packs, which you can access here.

Brain hats

A craft resource to help explore regions of the brain.

Pipe cleaner neurons

A craft activity to explore neurons and brain networks.

Fact finders

An origami activity to learn about the brain and dementia.

A Walk Through Dementia

Our virtual reality experience of dementia puts viewers in the shoes of someone living with the condition to build empathy and understanding about the symptoms of dementia. The app is free to download and available on Android and iOS devices. Google Cardboard headsets can be purchased on our shop.

Dementia Explained

A website for children and young people, with information and games exploring the brain and dementia.

Dementia Statistics Hub

Our Dementia Statistics Hub is the go-to place for facts and stats about dementia and research into the condition.


Amyloids is a retro arcade-style game in which players learn about the biology of Alzheimer’s and use their skills to protect brain cells from toxic amyloid. The app can be played in a web browser or is available as a free download for Android or iOS devices.

Information booklets

We produce free information booklets about dementia, covering a range of topics and causes of dementia. We also lots of fundraising booklets to help promote our work and encourage others to support us.

Materials and Literature

If you are organising an event or would like to help us distribute our information, you can order booklets completely free of charge.



We have a downloadable slide set with facts and stats you can use in presentations to the public.

We have produced several illustrations and infographics of concepts in dementia research. Please feel free to use them:

If you would like any more information or support to help communicate your work, or have suggestions on how we can improve our support on science communications or public engagement, get in touch by emailing Robin Brisbourne (Science Communications Manager) or Katy Stubbs (Public Engagement Manager).