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My daughter Carla: dementia at 30

Rita Pepper

Rita Pepper’s daughter, Carla Bramall, is 39-years-old and in the late stages of dementia. The symptoms of the rare, inherited form of Alzheimer’s disease began when Carla was just 30. Carla’s father Barry died at 43 from the condition, and it’s also caused the death of her grandfather and uncle, while her cousin, like her, […]

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How many people develop Alzheimer’s in their 30s?

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneCatherine McKeeverKaty Stubbs

This week we’re helping Rita Pepper speak out about how Alzheimer’s has affected her family. Her daughter Carla, who now lives in a care home, was diagnosed with a genetic form of the disease when she was in her 30s. Rita’s husband Barry also developed Alzheimer’s and passed away at the age of 43. This […]

A pair of pink slippers for Christmas

Shilpa Saul

Last week, a new Christmas ad premiered. I took notice because a) I love Christmas b) it was conceptualised by an old colleague of mine and therefore filled my Facebook timeline and c) it tackles Alzheimer’s head on. There’s not a single day that goes past when I don’t think about my mother. She was […]

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One important myth to overturn another

Hilary Evans

Around 18 months ago, Alzheimer’s Research UK launched its first-ever awareness advertising campaign, with an arresting and urgent film designed to shake society by the lapels in how it thinks about dementia. This is a condition that is hamstrung by decades of sweeping under the carpet; seldom talked-about and frequently misunderstood. In recent years, we […]

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Misleading myths

Agnes B. Juhasz

In a recent survey by Public Health England 27 per cent of people admitted they would find it hard to talk to someone with dementia. Only 39 per cent agreed that “caring for someone with dementia is often very rewarding” and as many as 71 per cent agreed that “caring for someone with dementia often […]

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Using digital technology to power research

Hilary Evans

We live in a unique time. With huge technological advances being made across the globe, it’s difficult today to think of any aspect of life that has been untouched by the digital revolution. Technology is changing the way we live and work, and importantly, it is transforming the way we carry out health research. Hardly […]

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New report recommends plan for Government to accelerate access to new medicines at ‘crucial time’ for dementia

Kirsty MaraisKaty RiddickClare van LyndenSusan MitchellEmily Cook

Today sees the publication of the final report of the Accelerated Access Review, which seeks to accelerate access to all new innovations, including drugs, diagnostics and medical technologies.  The recommendations of this review will be critical in addressing the challenges new dementia treatments are likely to face and will set the scene for access to […]

Dementia books for children

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneCatherine McKeeverKaty Stubbs

You can now order free copies of our children’s books ‘Grandad’s Hat’ and ‘When Grandma Came to Stay’ via the ‘Information about dementia’ section of our materials and literature page. Princesses, monkeys and dragons Last year we launched Dementia Explained, a website to help children and young people better understand dementia. The site features information […]

Testing new apps that connect people with dementia and researchers

Kirsty MaraisKaty RiddickClare van LyndenSusan MitchellEmily Cook

At Alzheimer’s Research UK we’re always looking for ways to help people get involved with dementia research. That’s why we’re supporting Dementia Citizens, a new initiative from innovation foundation Nesta and its partners Bangor University and Glasgow Caledonian University. Today, Dementia Citizens is launching two new apps designed to connect people with dementia and their […]

Who is most at risk of dementia?

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneCatherine McKeeverKaty Stubbs

Dementia is the most feared diagnosis in the over 55s in the UK, affecting around 850,000 people across the country. You often ask us why some people develop the condition and others don’t, and whether it’s possible to predict who will go on to get dementia. Predicting who will develop dementia is not an easy […]

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