Backing Vital Dementia Research

Alongside local dementia patients, and their carers and families, local MP, David Rutley, is backing a positive new initiative, Join Dementia Research, to encourage more people to become involved in dementia research, to find a way to help beat dementia.

During a recent event to highlight the need for greater awareness of Alzheimer’s and dementia David met with local resident, Jean Atherton, a carer to her husband, during a recent event to highlight the need for greater awareness of Alzheimer’s and Dementia. Mrs Atherton explained that vital studies into early diagnosis, prevention and new treatments for dementia are taking place across the UK, but that more volunteers are needed to take part in this research. Volunteers may be asked to take part in a variety of studies, looking at prevention or new ways to diagnose the condition; drug studies trialling new treatments; or surveys aiming to improve the quality of life for people with dementia and their carers.

The initiative was founded by the Department of Health and Social Care, in partnership with the National Institute for Health Research, Alzheimer’s Research UK and the Alzheimer’s Society. Signing up is very straightforward, with participants able to do so by telephone by calling Alzheimer’s Research UK’s Dementia Research Infoline on 0300 111 5111, or by visiting the Join Dementia Research website at www.joindementiaresearch.org

David said, "Building on our knowledge and understanding of dementia will be vital to making further progress on tackling this terrible condition, so I am pleased to back this positive new initiative, which will help to boost research and provide hope to many more families. I encourage local residents to look at how they can support this important project."