These diseases are not an inevitable part of ageing; they are a complex set of biological processes that cause physical damage to the brain and have an enormous impact on people’s lives.

 

Science has offered breakthroughs already

 

Over the past decades, science has transformed outcomes for people affected by heart disease, producing drugs to successfully control HIV, and doubling cancer survival rates. Similar breakthroughs lie ahead for people with dementia, but we urgently need to bring similar research efforts to bear.

"There are four times more researchers working on cancer than dementia."

For every researcher working on dementia, there are four driving progress towards better ways to tackle cancer. Alzheimer’s Research UK is addressing this imbalance by funding more and more dedicated scientists and supporting a research landscape that better reflects the enormous impact dementia has on society.

 

Families and patients can help the future

 

But it’s not just researchers in labs who will help change lives. It will be the people with dementia who take part in research and the families that support them. The regulators who open the gates for new medicines and the doctors and nurses who deliver them. The members of the public who confront misconceptions and help us fund critical research.

"Currently, one in three of us will die with dementia."

Without new treatments, one in three children born today will die with dementia. Everyone can help change the future by recognising the true nature of the challenge and powering research to deliver a lasting solution.