On three occasions this week patients have said to me ‘In our house, I am the brains and my husband (or wife) is the brawn’. What they were all trying to explain was how each one of the couple is no longer independently strong but precariously leaning as a result of health issues. Like the […]
Archive | September, 2013
I commute to the Alzheimer’s Research UK office on my Brompton, a small but perfectly formed example of British engineering. I have inventively named him Brom. Brom and I rarely stray from our route to work but this August we went a little wild and took part in the World Brompton Championships at Goodwood Motor Circuit.
Some supporters have called us asking if a telephone call from a fundraiser calling on our behalf is genuine. In these days of scams and nuisance calls, it’s important that the genuine calls from Alzheimer’s Research UK and other charities you support are easy to identify. Here’s our top ten tips for checking that a […]
My mum Elizabeth, died on 5 December 2011. She was 77. She had been a nurse in Africa and a midwife and health visitor and when Alzheimer’s disease crept slowly into her brain, she knew what it would mean. She was to me simply the most beautiful person I ever knew. Her kindness, intelligence and […]
Back in 2002, the news broke that Elan had halted its phase II clinical trial for the AN1792 vaccine, designed to combat Alzheimer’s. It was a severe disappointment for people with Alzheimer’s and their loved ones. Many hopes had been pinned on the vaccine, and its failure saw those hopes dashed for hundreds of thousands […]
Today is World Alzheimer’s Day. No doubt the day will mean something different to everyone touched by Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia. For some, it’s an opportunity to think about those we know affected by dementia, or those who are no longer here. For others, a chance to raise awareness or think about how […]
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?
Alzheimer’s Research UK’s most recent study of dementia prevalence estimated around 820,000 people in the UK to be living with dementia, with that figure expected to rise dramatically. But researchers at the University of Cambridge have been re-evaluating these estimates, revealing intriguing and potentially important changes in dementia rates over the last few decades. Dr […]
What is posterior cortical atrophy? Posterior cortical atrophy (PCA) is a rare condition most often caused by Alzheimer’s disease but surprisingly, despite often having the same underlying disease, people with PCA have a striking difficulty in seeing what and where things are, while their memory for recent events can still be very good. The visual […]
I was genuinely shocked recently to get a LinkedIn congratulations on my 16th anniversary at Alzheimer’s Research UK. It really made me think how the world has changed and how we’ve pushed on in the battle to champion dementia research. When I joined the charity in 1997 the majority of people did not know the […]