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This cruel condition

Steve Rotheram

Anyone who has watched helplessly as a loved one battles with dementia, often forgetting your name and your relationship to them, knows the agony that is felt and the feeling of absolute hopelessness. This experience is all the more painful when it is a close relative, especially when, as in my own case, it is […]

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Safe Passage

Anne Sherry

Dim sum: those tiny bite-sized snacks, steamed or fried, originally served as part of the Chinese tea ceremony. Literally translated dim sum means ‘touch the heart’. I hope Safe Passage will do that. A steamer basket of dim sum gives more than just a flavour of Chinese culture; in miniature, it portrays the whole. More […]

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Arthur Smith. Photo: Steve Ullathorne

Oh Hazel

Arthur Smith

About 20 minutes into Arthur Smith sings Leonard Cohen (Volume 2) I speak a poem I have written that drastically shifts the mood of the show. Tonbridge, Kent Pulling up late after the party, they see her, their neighbour, standing in the street. She is looking, she says, for a lift to London. She needs […]

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Get volunteering: get cheering!

Lucy SquanceClaire PriestwoodHannah ReynoldsJess HiscocksLeah WatkinsRebecca FutrallZoe BaggotKenneth ForemanKelly Holliday

Waking up early on a bright Sunday morning I was eager to attend my first big race. Not being a runner myself, the prospect of being part of a cheering squad from the safety of the side-lines is much more exciting (and a lot less exhausting). Well equipped with Alzheimer’s Research UK branded goodies, donning […]

Alzheimer’s Research UK – London Supporters Group

Kevin Zokay-West

Joining the newly formed Alzheimer’s Research UK London Supporters Group was an easy decision for me. It’s one that has helped me to ‘get out there’ and fundraise in other ways rather than continuously taking part in activities which meant asking for donations from family and friends. Whilst twittering one day I found myself in […]

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Dementia affects young people too

Lucy SquanceClaire PriestwoodHannah ReynoldsJess HiscocksLeah WatkinsRebecca FutrallZoe BaggotKenneth ForemanKelly Holliday

My granddad died from Alzheimer’s disease when I was a teenager. Like many younger people with a loved one with dementia, I had little idea exactly what was going on. Although it was obvious that something wasn’t right, the only real glimpses I had in the early days were the occasional incidents of odd behaviour. […]