Many ways to get involved

Alzheimer's Society will mark its 40th anniversary this year, celebrating our story so far and our ongoing commitment to stopping dementia in its tracks.

Saturday, 12th January 2019, 12:00 pm

I’d like to thank everyone who united against dementia last year by fund-raising, campaigning and volunteering, helping us challenge perceptions, fund research and improve and provide care and support.

There are many highlights from 2018, including Hexham’s Kevin Whately, of Inspector Morse, Lewis and Auf Wiedersehen Pet, launching our ambitious research project GameChanger, which uses a mobile app to further our understanding of how the brain functions.

Meanwhile, dementia-friendly initiatives across the region continue to go from strength to strength.

There are now a staggering two-and-a-half million Dementia Friends across the UK. This initiative asks people to take one small action to help people with dementia feel supported and able to live well in their communities.

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With an estimated 35,000 people living with dementia in the North East, including almost 5,000 in Northumberland, the need to unite in the fight against the condition has never been more pressing.

There are so many ways your readers can get involved in 2019, and what better time to take on a new challenge, from becoming a volunteer, either for our Side by Side service or at this year’s Virgin Money London Marathon where we are Charity of the Year, to fundraising, campaigning to Fix Dementia Care or signing up to join dementia research?

Whether you give an hour, a day, or more, visit alzheimers.org.uk/getinvolved to find out how you can unite against dementia.

Danielle Cooper

Area Manager, Alzheimer’s Society