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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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Christmas remembered

Heidi Taylor

For many of us, a lot of our fondest memories are bound up with the holidays. I’m just about to go and spend the festive season with my father, who resides in Florida and has lived with Alzheimer’s for the past four years. As I’ve been wrapping up the last of the presents and packing […]

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Talking about dementia

Denise Wallin

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. Mum is approaching her 65th birthday and is in the advanced stages […]

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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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Life with dementia: my family’s experience

Warren Alexander-Pye

Warren Alexander-Pye My grandmother, Dorothy Pye, succumbed to Alzheimer’s disease in her later years.  We saw signs of forgetfulness from her late seventies onwards, but it wasn’t until she was in her early eighties that she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. She was moved into full time care shortly after that. With Alzheimer’s Research UK now […]

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Santa Forgot and my family

Laura Thomas

With Christmas fast approaching, it signals that time when we start to see the big budget, high-profile TV adverts for the usual brands, all trying to outdo each other. But this year sees a new advert that’s got everyone talking and a lot of us shedding a tear. I’m talking, of course, about Alzheimer’s Research […]

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Growing neurons in dishes…really!

Ross Proctor

Every now and then I see something that blows my mind. Remember those first proper images of Pluto? The ones that make you feel tiny and insignificant – they blew my mind. In that case it was the almost incomprehensible scale of the thing that was the culprit. In my latest cerebral explosion, it was something […]

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Defeating dementia: a horse’s tale

Coda

Hello! My name’s Coda and I have been dancing circles for quite a few months now… something the humans call ‘dressage’. I like it because my riders, Dave and Ruth, seem very happy when they have a red ribbon to hold up. And also because I get yummy treats! A little while ago, I was […]

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An unexpected wave of grief

Bridget Hunt

The other day when at a friend’s house, I offered to make coffee. Reaching for some mugs, I found one which read: ‘I love my mum’. And suddenly I was knocked off balance by a flood of emotion – an unexpected wave of grief. I ‘lost’ my mum last summer in the sense that she […]

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Hope for the future

Sophie Leggett

On World Alzheimer’s Day, Alzheimer’s Research UK supporter Sophie Leggett explains why she is determined to use her experience of dementia to make a positive difference to future generations by taking part in vital research. Sophie has a 50 per cent risk of developing early-onset Alzheimer’s due to a rare faulty gene which runs in […]

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