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Alzheimer’s disease and Mum – our story

Amanda Franks

Amanda Franks My mum started to struggle with life in her early 50s. She was a vibrant, modern lady that loved her family, fashion and travelling. So when her behaviour started to change, dementia was not on our radar, and it was two years before we finally got a diagnosis. For mum, it wasn’t simply […]

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Looking to the future for dementia with Lewy bodies

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsEd PinchesGlyn Morris

When the family of the late Robin Williams revealed that the actor had been living with dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB), it threw a spotlight on a disease that many people had not heard of before. Alongside tributes to his huge talent, extraordinary career, and inspiring personal qualities; many news outlets reported how the comedy […]

Why dementia doesn’t believe in gender parity

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsEd PinchesGlyn Morris

As we take time today to celebrate International Women’s Day and the incredible women who are helping to #pressforprogress in research and science, we must also reflect on a hard reality – women are a marginalised majority when it comes to dementia. Not only are women far more likely to end up as carers of […]

Rare Disease Day

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsEd PinchesGlyn Morris

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 […]

Why I felt compelled to stand up for people with dementia

Mark Bennett

After witnessing the impact of dementia on his mum, Mark Bennett felt he had to do whatever he could to ensure other families in the future were saved from the devastation of the condition. This is why Mark became a Campaigner for Alzheimer’s Research UK, so he can urge the government to kept dementia a […]

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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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Dementia books for children

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsEd PinchesGlyn Morris

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 […]

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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