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A dementia lifeline

Lee Pearse

My mum Valerie was diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia in 2007, aged just 59. People often don’t have a choice about the dementia world; you’re suddenly in it and your life changes rapidly. It‘s incredibly important that we all talk and support one another. I set up The Valerie Foundation in honour of my mum, for […]

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Neurodegeneration – a common cure?

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsEd PinchesFiona Calverthonor pollardClaire Bromley

Today’s papers are reporting a ‘potential breakthrough’ in treating all neurodegenerative disorders. Surely this sounds too good to be true? Let’s look in a bit more detail at the concept behind this research… What do neurodegenerative diseases have in common? The term ‘neurodegenerative disease’ covers a whole span of conditions, all resulting in the loss of nerve […]

Always – Raising funds for dementia research

Rupert Stroud

When my grandmother (Gangan) was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s back in 2003, I was rather naïve. Being a teenager of 16 I didn’t really know much at all about the illness. I assumed, as many back then did, that it was a sign of ‘getting old’. My mum, Laura, had a real battle trying to get […]

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Dementiablog.org competition – The winner is…

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsEd PinchesFiona Calverthonor pollardClaire Bromley

Many of you reading this post will be well aware that to celebrate the launch of this blog we have been running a competition to win an exclusive prize. Since 2008, Sir Terry Pratchett has been banging the drum for an increase in funding for dementia research. We were thrilled and privileged to have Sir […]

Joining the fight against dementia

Ian Wilson

I’ve now been in post as Director of Fundraising at Alzheimer’s Research UK for four weeks and in that short time I have already established that I have one of the best and most privileged jobs possible. It has become very apparent to me that this is an organisation that is going places and I have […]

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Hog roast and a Harley

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsEd PinchesFiona Calverthonor pollardClaire Bromley

Getting out from behind my desk to go and talk first hand about Alzheimer’s Research UK is a privilege I enjoy as part of my job, but the most amazing part is the people I meet through our work. One Saturday in the summer, I drove through the picturesque countryside near Bedford to the small […]

Down’s syndrome and dementia: what’s the link?

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsEd PinchesFiona Calverthonor pollardClaire Bromley

It often comes as a surprise to people that there’s a link between Down’s syndrome and dementia. But more than 60% of people with Down’s syndrome will develop Alzheimer’s – the most common form of dementia – before the age of 60. With our help, scientists are unravelling why. Genetic duplication in Down’s syndrome The […]