Dementia affects 850,000 people in the UK and numbers are increasing, with over one million people estimated to have dementia by 2025; there is currently no cure. Alzheimer’s is the most common type of dementia so this World Alzheimer’s Month we are highlighting how research is the only way to beat this and other dementias.
We are dedicated to funding and supporting world class research into dementia and raising awareness of how people can get involved in research. There are a number of ways you can support our campaign, for example as a research participant, researcher or a reviewer of research so please get involved.
Each week throughout September we will be focusing on a different theme around research.
Week three: Developing new dementia treatments
Week four: Research into rarer dementia types - with a focus on frontotemporal dementia (FTD)
Week five: Ways to engage in research
We will be adding new content throughout September
1 For women, dementia and Alzheimer’s is now the most common cause of death, followed by heart disease. For men, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease is the second leading cause of death. (Source: PHE analysis of ONS mortality data - https://www.gov.uk/government/
2 38% of the UK population (24.6 million people) know a family member or close friend living with dementia. (Source: YouGov polling for Alzheimer’s Research UK 2nd – 5th May 2012 and ONS population statistic)
3 In 2016/17 the NIHR Clinical Research Network supported nearly 28,000 people to take part in research associated with dementias and neurodegeneration. (Source NIHR Clinical Researh Network - https://www.nihr.ac.uk/about-us/how-we-are-managed/managing-centres/crn/key-statistics.htm)
4 Over 100 studies currently open to recruitment on Join Dementia Research (source: https://www.joindementiaresearnihr.ac.uk/)