Volunteer stories

Read the stories of those participating in dementia research; find out about their experiences and what first inspired them to take part in a research study.

Playing a part in dementia research: Stan’s story

23 September 2021

Retired electrician Stan first came across Join Dementia Research when it was presented at a local dementia group meeting by Alzheimer’s Society. He was keen to learn more about the service and sign up having experienced dementia in his family.  Diagnosis Stan lost his mum to vascular dementia and through his caring for her, he […]

Maureen and Derek: how a diagnosis led to them taking part in research

22 July 2021

Maureen and Derek signed up to Join Dementia Research after Maureen was diagnosed with dementia in 2018. By participating in research, they have matched to through the service, they have picked up tips on managing the condition and have even made some new friends in the process! Health and diagnosis Maureen and Derek who have […]

Making a difference through online research studies

18 May 2021

Research volunteer Niall first came across Join Dementia Research on Twitter and was keen to sign up having experienced dementia in his family. Niall lost both his mother and mother-in-law to dementia and having witnessed their gradual fading away, he wants to do whatever he can to contribute towards our understanding of the disease and […]

Joyce’s story

12 February 2021

Joyce as a nurse

Retired nurse Joyce signed up to Join Dementia Research when she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2016, aged 75. Having worked as a healthcare professional, she’s always had an interest in research and an appetite for being involved herself. Professional insight During her nursing days, Joyce was trained in how to identify potential symptoms […]

Meet the women fighting back against dementia

8 March 2019

Did you know that two thirds of people with dementia are women? It’s also the leading cause of death for women over the age of 80. That’s why it’s important that as many women as possible get involved in dementia research. We meet just three of the hundreds of women who are fighting back. Dianna Moylan […]