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Driving and dementia: share your experience

4 July 2019

Man driving car

Help researchers to improve the guidance and support around driving after a dementia diagnosis by taking part in a survey to share your experience.

Widely used class of drugs linked to dementia

26 June 2019

Tablets in pharmaceutical packaging

Researchers have found that use of anticholinergics was linked with between a 6% and 49% increased risk of dementia, depending on the dose and duration of use. With this type of study, it is always difficult to prove direct cause and effect. Nevertheless, this is an important finding that needs looking into further. But it’s important that people do not stop taking any prescribed medicine without speaking to their doctor. The risk from stopping the medicine may be far higher than any dementia risk.

Taking the research journey together: Enid and Barry’s story

23 May 2019

Barry and Enid Reeves, 91, dementia research participants at home on their sofa holding a photo album.

A couple who have been married for 69 years are taking part in dementia research together after one of them was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Enid was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease – the most common type of dementia – in 2016, aged 88. Now she and her husband Barry are participating in the IDEAL-2 study together.

Can doing a daily crossword or Sudoku puzzle keep your brain young?

22 May 2019

Hand holding pencil ready to complete a Sudoku puzzle

In 2 linked studies, researchers found that people who said they did puzzles regularly did better on tests of cognitive ability. However, the research does not definitely show that doing puzzles made brains “sharper”. Or that doing puzzles staves off dementia in later life. It could be that people who have better cognitive abilities are more likely to do number or word puzzles in the first place.

Guest blog: Dementia Action Week 2019 | Taking the next step together

21 May 2019

Professor Martin Rossor, NIHR National Director for Dementia Research

In this blog for Dementia Action Week, Professor Martin Rossor reflects on how far dementia research has come, and looks ahead to how healthcare professionals, researchers and the public can take the next step together.

Dementia Action Week 2019

20 May 2019

This Dementia Action Week we’re asking healthcare professionals to talk to their patients about research opportunities.

New type of dementia discovered

2 May 2019

Art designed to look like the human brain

Researchers have identified a new form of dementia. Known as LATE, it shares many similarities with Alzheimer’s disease, but tends to lead to a more gradual decline in memory. LATE (limbic-predominant age-related TDP-43 encephalopathy) appears to be linked to the accumulation of a protein called TDP-43 in the brain, whereas Alzheimer’s is linked to the […]

Guest blog: Volunteering for dementia research

16 April 2019

A selfie of research volunteer Jude Clarke (left) with researcher Dr George Savulich (right)

After signing up to the Join Dementia Research initiative a few months ago, I was selected to take part as a healthy volunteer (someone who is not living with dementia) for a study called SENDeR, looking at brain connections (synapses) and how their loss leads to dementia and other brain illnesses.

The half day I spent taking part in this research project was a fascinating, worthwhile and most of all straightforward process.

LEARN to help people Join Dementia Research

3 April 2019

Graphic of a person using the Join Dementia Research learn tool

Join Dementia Research has helped more than 40,000 people connect with research studies over the past four years. As a result, researchers and their studies have massively benefitted, with more than 11,000 study enrollments in this time. However, if we are going to turn the corner and find ways to better prevent, diagnose, treat, care […]

Over 40,000 volunteers sign up to Join Dementia Research

27 March 2019

Graphic representing over 40,000 volunteers now registered with Join Dementia Research

We’re delighted that over 40,000 people have now registered as volunteers with Join Dementia Research. This is wonderful news – thank you so much to everyone who has signed up and helped us reach this milestone. It’s people like you who are making a difference. By registering your interest in research, you’re helping us bring more […]

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