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A challenge we must accept to change a future we can’t

Hilary Evans

At Alzheimer’s Research UK, we believe that research has the power to defeat dementia. We believe in it so strongly that part of the work we do focuses on preparing the way for treatments before they’ve even succeeded in clinical trials. That’s why in a new report out today, Alzheimer’s Research UK is shedding light […]

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Your data, your power: How you can help save lives

Kirsty MaraisClare van LyndenSusan MitchellEmily CookEmma HardwickHelen DaviesMelody Paton Borchardt

When shared in a safe and ethical way, Alzheimer’s Research UK strongly believes health data can save lives. That’s why we’re excited by the new videos produced by Understanding Patient Data that give a closer look at how your health data is being used and the incredible impact it can have. The potential impact of […]

Pressing for Progress: Women in Dementia Research

Kirsty MaraisClare van LyndenSusan MitchellEmily CookEmma HardwickHelen DaviesMelody Paton Borchardt

Today is International Women’s Day (8 March), a global day celebrating the achievements of women who are helping to #pressforprogress. That includes the incredible female researchers helping to bring about the first life-changing treatments for dementia. In our 2015 report, we spoke of women as a ‘marginalised majority’, because, for women, dementia presents a ‘triple […]

Rare Disease Day

Kirsty MaraisClare van LyndenSusan MitchellEmily CookEmma HardwickHelen DaviesMelody Paton Borchardt

Today is Rare Disease Day – an initiative to raise awareness of diseases that are usually not well known and for which it can be particularly difficult for people to get the most appropriate diagnosis, treatment and care. Dementia isn’t rare. There are an estimated 47 million people in the world living with dementia and […]

My daughter Carla: dementia at 30

Rita Pepper

Rita Pepper’s daughter, Carla Bramall, is 40-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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A pair of pink slippers for Christmas

Shilpa Saul

Last year, 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

A couple of years 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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Why dementia doesn’t need to be the biggest killer

Hilary Evans

Waking up to the news that dementia is now the biggest killer in the UK is devastating – particularly for the 850,000 people living with the condition, their loved ones and anyone else who has, in some way, been impacted by dementia. Heartbreaking as these figures are, at Alzheimer’s Research UK we are sadly not […]

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Dementia books for children

Kirsty MaraisClare van LyndenSusan MitchellEmily CookEmma HardwickHelen DaviesMelody Paton Borchardt

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 We’re proud to tell you that our Dementia Explained website, which helps children and young people better understand dementia, has recently […]

Getting a genetic test for familial Alzheimer’s disease at 25

Jess Fleig

This blog is a cross-post with The Huffington Post. When people hear the word Alzheimer’s, many envision an elderly person shut away in the depths of a care home. As a 25-year-old, I’m all too aware that young people assume that it’s a natural part of ageing, and nothing for them to worry about yet. […]

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