Today, approximately 700,000 people in the UK suffer from Alzheimer’s disease.
Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia and causes a progressive deterioration in mental function and ability.
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About Alzheimer’s disease
Dementia affects one in 14 people over the age of 65, one in six over the age of 80 and it is estimated that there are an additional 15,000 people under the age of 65 suffering from the condition. The projections for the increase in the incidence of Alzheimer’s disease are truly shocking: some estimates project one million sufferers by 2020, at a cost of £20 billion a year.
Although there are treatments to help slow mental deterioration in mild to moderate cases, the cause and progression of Alzheimer’s disease are still not well understood. Nor is there currently a cure for the disease. It is therefore critical that more money is spent on research to help understand how Alzheimer’s disease affects the brain and how it may be prevented in future.
The Brain Research Trust is committed to funding research into Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia at the Institute of Neurology, but we need your help to ensure this vital research continues.