Cause for the month for June 2020
This cause was suggested by one of our members because his mother died last year after living with dementia. Dementia comes in many forms. Most people tend to think of it as loss of memory-but it’s not just forgetting things-it’s forgetting how to do things eg how to speak, how to eat, how to look after yourself and forgetting chunks of your life-which is why some people do not recognise their grown up children-if they have forgotten 40 years of their life, they are expecting their child to look like they did 40 years ago
There are a number of different types of dementia: As the Alzheimer’s Research website says: “Dementia is not a disease in itself. Dementia is a word used to describe a group of symptoms that occur when brain cells stop working properly.This happens inside specific areas of the brain, which can affect how you think, remember and communicate.
Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia, but there are other types of dementia too. It is possible to have more than one type of dementia at the same time. Alzheimer’s is sometimes seen with vascular dementia or dementia with Lewy bodies. You might hear this called ‘mixed dementia’”
You can find our more on their website: https://www.alzheimersresearchuk.org/
The website also explains why they need to carry out research:
“Why does it happen?
Dementia is not something that just happens to everyone as they get older. It is caused by different illnesses.
These illnesses are diseases that affect different parts of the brain, so they affect people in different ways.
At the moment we don’t know why one person may get one of these diseases while another person may not. Doctors and scientists are working hard to find out more about dementia.”
Currently there is no cure for dementia although there are some things which can alleviate the symptoms. Alzheimer’s Research is trying to change this:
Your support is funding pioneering dementia research that will bring about the first life-changing dementia treatment by 2025.
Dementia is one of the world’s greatest challenges. It shatters lives and leaves millions heartbroken. Alzheimer’s Research UK has the power to defeat dementia. In the past year alone we have invested over £13.3 million into 64 new research projects. This is only possible because of the generosity of people like you, and the research you fund.
Your support means so much to the 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK, and each of the 23 million people who have a close friend or family member with the condition. You can read some of these personal stories here.
Thanks to people like you, expert scientists can continue their vital research to make breakthroughs possible.
Can you help donate to fund this research? If so, Please help if you are able, either by a bank transfer to the charity or if you are a church member, sending a bank transfer or cheque to our treasurer labelled “Alzheimer’s Research”