At FGH we are accepting the Alzheimer Society’s Cupcake challenge on the 15th June. This is such a worthy cause and sadly more and more of us are seeing the devastating impact this disease has on much loved individuals and the wider family unit.
There were an estimated 46.8 million people worldwide living with dementia in 2015 and this number is believed to be close to 50 million people in 2017. This number will almost double every 20 years, reaching 75 million in 2030 and 131.5 million in 2050.
What is Dementia?
The word ‘dementia’ describes a set of symptoms that may include memory loss and difficulties with thinking, problem-solving or language. These changes are often small to start with, but for someone with dementia they have become severe enough to affect daily life. A person with dementia may also experience changes in their mood or behaviour. Dementia is caused when the brain is damaged by diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease or a series of strokes. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia, but not the only one. The specific symptoms that someone with dementia experiences will depend on the parts of the brain that are damaged and the disease that is causing the dementia.
Dementia is the number one cause of death in England and Wales. It doesn’t discriminate and currently there’s no cure.
So what can YOU do to help!!!!
We need bakers or “donaters” of cupcakes and/or cakes & biscuits for the 15th June where a cake sale will be held to raise funds to go towards valuable research.
Last year, dedicated Cupcakers around the country united to raise a mighty £330,000 against dementia. That’s more than enough to fund 11 PhD researchers for a year, giving them the opportunity to undertake vital, potentially lifesaving work. So every penny we raise will count!
Lets make this event one of our best yet!
If anyone would like more information regarding the Alzheimer’s Society please click here.
Written by Sally Hutchinson