Today, Monday 21 September 2020, is World Alzheimer’s Day.

2020 has seen a tremendous global focus on health due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Research into coronavirus is vital, but it’s also important that we continue to focus on dementia during these difficult times.

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Dementia is another looming health crisis. Over 850,000 of us in the UK are already living with dementia, and with a new case diagnosed every three minutes, that number is expected to rise to one million by 2025.

This year’s theme for World Alzheimer’s Day is “Let’s Talk About Dementia”, and it’s more important than ever that we continue to advance dementia care and treatments. Research is the best hope to do this.

Take part in dementia research

We have continued to support vital dementia research throughout 2020, placing thousands of participants in studies.

There are currently a number of studies open on Join Dementia Research looking for participants to help make a difference.

Studies recruiting include:

  • The HEARD study
    This study is investigating the experiences of the healthcare provided to people in the UK after they have received a diagnosis of dementia, and how this has changed during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The NIDUS study
    Testing whether a new intervention helps family carers to support people living with dementia to be independent at home.
  • The Gotcha! study
    Investigating whether a new computer-based therapy can help those living with dementia to remember the names of people who are important to them.
  • Carers’ experiences of caring for a family member or friend with dementia during the Covid-19 pandemic
    Investigating how the measures put in place due to COVID-19 have been experienced by unpaid carers of family members or friends of people with dementia.

How to get involved

You can see if you are eligible for these studies and others around the UK by logging into your Join Dementia Research account.

Not registered with Join Dementia Research? Why not sign up today?