World Alzheimer’s Month took place in September. This year’s theme was ‘Never too early, never too late’, which focused on raising awareness of risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease and potentially preventing the onset of dementia. Throughout the month, Join Dementia Research celebrated patients, members of the public, healthcare professionals and researchers involved in research.

Here are some of our highlights from this year’s campaign – a selection of videos, written case studies and events shared throughout the week on social media. 

Why you should get involved in dementia research: Rianna’s story

Rianna Patterson lost her grandfather, Terry Vidal, to dementia in 2013. In this video, she speaks about the importance of research and why others should volunteer for studies through Join Dementia Research.

Alzheimer Scotland conference 

The Join Dementia Research team raised awareness of the service at this year’s Alzheimer Scotland Annual Conference 2023 on 15 September.

Five reasons to take part in dementia research

Claire Uwins, an NIHR research champion, spoke about five reasons why people should take part in studies by signing up to Join Dementia Research. 

Former PCSO volunteers for dementia research after diagnosis

Former Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) Peter Middleton spoke about how volunteering for studies through Join Dementia Research has given him a sense of purpose after his Alzheimer’s disease diagnosis. 

Get involved

With more than 850,000 people currently living with dementia in the UK, the role of research has never been more important. It is estimated that by 2025, the number of people with dementia in the UK will be more than 1 million.

As World Alzheimer’s Month comes to a close, please consider registering your interest in vital dementia research via the Join Dementia Research website and telling your family, friends and colleagues about our service. You could make a huge difference for future generations.