World Alzheimer's Day
Today, 21st of September, is known worldwide as "World Alzheimer's Day" and was launched in 2012 in order to raise awareness and inform the general public about Alzheimer's Disease (AD) and Dementia. It is also an opportunity to highlight any issues faced by sufferers as well as any significant hurdles that researchers are challenged with when studying this disease.
Alzheimer's disease is the most common form of dementia, for which there are around 850,000 people in the UK suffering today and this disorder mainly affects people aged over 65. AD is a disease of the brain and can be characterised by abnormal brain structures known as "plaques" and "tangles". Symptoms of AD include memory deficits as well as difficulties with thinking and communication (Alzheimer's Society Website).
Despite a number of treatments currently available on the market these tend to act by reducing the symptoms of AD, however no cure has been identified thus far.
The SHARE initiative currently has two ongoing projects investigating Alzheimer's disease. The first of these, named the EPAD study based in Tayside and Lothian, is a large scale study examining early factors in AD development with an aim to develop new treatments. The second of these, the GENERATION study based in Tayside, is exploring new treatments with the potential to prevent the onset of AD.
If you would like to be involved in Alzheimer's disease research or find out more information please register with SHARE today. Click here to register now.