Alzheimer’s Society

Public meeting on dementia research in Harrogate

Date: 25 September 2014, 14:00 – 16:00

Location: Holiday Inn, Kings Road, Harrogate, HG1 1XX

Hosted by Andrew Jones, MP for Harrogate and Knaresborough, and organized by Alzheimer’s Research UK, this event is to provide an opportunity for the public to learn more about dementia and the research taking place in the UK to defeat the condition. According to HSCIC, Harrogate CCG is one of the top 10 in the UK for the highest levels of recorded prevalence of dementia in 2013/14.

Dementia affects over 800,000 people in the UK and numbers are increasing

  • 1 in 3 over 65s will die with some form of dementia, and the population is ageing rapidly
  • 25 million people, or 42% of the UK population, know a close friend or family member with dementia
  • At £23.6bn each year, dementia costs the UK economy more than cancer and heart disease combined.

Dementia is not a normal part of ageing; it is caused by brain diseases

  • Experts believe Alzheimer’s disease begins to develop in mid-life
  • Symptoms like memory loss and aggression can dramatically alter personality and cause great distress.

Alzheimer’s Research UK is the UK’s leading dementia research charity, and the second largest charity funder of dementia research in the world. We are funding world class to prevent, treat and cure dementia at leading universities and research institutions across the UK and to date have funded £53m in grants.

Looking to the future, Alzheimer’s Research UK has pledged £100m for dementia research in our new five year campaign – Defeat Dementia. The campaign aims to grow the research field and accelerate progress towards new treatments. The campaign, which represents the largest ever UK charity commitment to dementia research, will see a £100m investment across initiatives covering diagnosis, prevention and treatment of Alzheimer’s and other dementias.

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