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In the news – Maps, Menopause and Mount Fuji

Ed Pinches

Percentage of the week 2.8% Percentage of the population of Christchurch who have dementia. Dementia ‘hotspots’ across the UK were highlighted in two interactive maps we launched this week revealing the scale of the condition across the country. Coastal areas in the south are some of the worst affected. Take a look at the picture […]

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The Blood and the Brain – where is the link?

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsFaye MonkEd Pinches

Dementia affects many of us, with devastating effects on individuals, families and friends. While we currently lack effective treatments to prevent the condition, new research is constantly advancing and changing our understanding of the diseases which lead to it. Just last week we reported news of a study from the US reporting that women who […]

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Eight phases of FTD

John Hirst

John Hirst’s wife, Pat, died in July from frontotemporal dementia. She was only 66.

Frontotemporal dementia (FTD), sometimes called Pick’s disease, is a relatively rare form of dementia. It is thought to account for five percent of all dementia cases, although it is the second most common cause of dementia in people under the age of 65.

Pat’s disease caused her to lose interest in the world around her, to behave differently and to lose the ability to speak to her husband and family. To coincide with World FTD Awareness Week, John has written an account of his wife’s battle with FTD.

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Celebrating Older People: Silver Sunday

Lucinda Hurrey

Silver Sunday takes place on 1 October this year, the same day as the United Nation’s International Day of Older People. With hundreds of free events and activities across the country already confirmed, this year is set to be the biggest celebration of older people yet.  Find out how you can get involved here. What […]

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Five things you may not know about frontotemporal dementia

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsFaye MonkEd Pinches

In awareness-raising messages about dementia, the spotlight typically rests on Alzheimer’s disease as the most common cause of dementia, helping people to learn more about the condition and working to break down the stigma that surrounds it. However, at Alzheimer’s Research UK, you’ll often see “the power to defeat dementia” next to our logo because […]

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