It felt very shocking to hear just before New Year that Michael Schumacher was in a critical state in hospital. The man who raced over 200 miles per hour for a living had “severe brain trauma” following a skiing accident and though at the time of writing Schumacher’s condition is being reported as steadier, the future remains uncertain.
More and more people are living longer, but this also means that the number of people with dementia is increasing.
It is estimated that there are around 850,000 people suffering with dementia in the UK. This statistic roughly equates to around one in three people over the age of 65. Furthermore, it is estimated that by 2021, around 1 million people in the UK will have dementia and this figure will significantly increase to 2 million by 2051.
This blog post provides an overview of dementia as a disease, how to reduce your risk of developing it as you get older and, if you are affected, how to live with it.
A very happy New Year to you from everyone in The National Brain Appeal team!
2014 marks our 30th birthday so we’re planning lots of activities to celebrate our joint achievements to date.
Over the past thirty years, amazing projects like the Dementia Research Centre, The Molly Lane Fox Unit, the Centre for Neuromuscular Diseases and the Advanced Neuroimaging Suite have come to fruition thanks to the support of people like you. You’ve helped us provide better care for the thousands of patients who have come through the doors of The National by funding more than £40 million of innovative projects.
With one day left until Christmas Day, we look back over our 12 Days of The National Brain Appeal Christmas, celebrating the brilliant achievements of our fundraisers and developments for The National throughout 2013. What a year!
On the 12th day of Christmas, our friends gave to us…
12 months of fantastic fundraising
11 brilliant volunteers
Just a quick note to say thank everyone who joined us at our Bazaar at the end of November – for their Christmas shopping, for a chat or as a volunteer.
We had some lovely donations from friends and local businesses and we hope you’ve now got your books, beauty products, jewels and treats wrapped up and under the tree. We’ve counted all the pennies and pounds and are delighted to announce they’ve added up to £2,000 – thank you so much again.