Alzheimer's Society is a membership organisation, which works to improve the quality of life of people affected by dementia in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Many of our 20,000 members have personal experience of dementia, as carers, health professionals or people with dementia themselves, and their experiences help to inform our work.
We are the leading support and research charity for people with dementia, their families and carers.
In 2015 there will be 850,000 people with dementia in the UK, with numbers set to rise to 1 million by 2025. The Society's fight for a better world for people with all types of dementia takes a wide range of forms. Through our network of local services, we touch the lives of over 30,000 people every week, providing practical services and support for people with dementia and their carers.
Where Your Donation Could Help
£3,120 could pay for all the below - think of how many people you would have helped!
£1,500 could pay for a PhD researcher for a month
£840 could pay to run Talking Point for a week - the Society's 24/7 online community for all people affected by dementia
£480 could pay for one person to have a 1 hour a week at the Dementia Café for a year.
£150 could fund 3 PhD researchers for one day to continue vital research into understanding the causes of dementia, and how it can be treated and, ultimately, to fund a cure.
£100 could pay for 500 copies of Understanding and respecting the person with dementia - one of the Society's most requested factsheets.
£50 could pay for 10 people to attend an 30min session at a monthly Dementia Café - providing information and support for people with dementia and their carers.
Alzheimer's Jamaica is committed to providing support services for families, caregivers and persons living with Alzheimers/Dementia disease as well as organizing public education programmes to raise public awareness on the disease to remove ignorance and stigma.
With an estimated 40,000+ Jamaicans living with Alzheimer's disease, local experts are hoping that increased focus will be placed on providing more resources for the caregivers of those living with the disease.
While the number of persons living with the disease is increasing, limited focus on diagnosis and treatment has resulted in many Alzheimer's patients living in isolation.
President of Alzheimer's Jamaica (AJ), attorney- at-law, Dundeen Ferguson, is hoping that the recent ruling will push governments to help to raise awareness and implement policies that would allow Alzheimer's patients to get easier access to medication.
"Every call that I get on the phone it is about medication and how families cannot afford it," said Ferguson, who founded AJ during her struggle to get help for her parents when they were living with Alzheimer's. The group provides counselling and referrals for those affected by the disease.
Where Your Donation Could Help
Awareness - providing funding to assist with raising the awareness in Jamaica.
The use of social media is helping, but a broader communication channel is needed to provide the platform for knowledge sharing throughout the Island.
providing funding to assist with the creating programmes such as those carried out in the UK. Alzheimer’s Jamaica has far few resources than it’s UK counterpart, but the same issues for those living with Alzheimer’s.
providing funding to assist with policy change to enable medication to be more accessible to those that need it.