JLT Specialty & Alzheimer’s Society

JLT Specialty are proud to be partnering with the Alzheimer’s Society during 2017 with a campaign to raise £50,000 to assist Alzheimer’s with their vital work in combating dementia.

Improving the awareness and understanding of dementia is needed to decrease discrimination and to improve the quality of life for people with dementia and also their caregivers.

Most people associate dementia with memory loss, but the condition affects people in a wide variety of ways. That might include changes in behaviour, confusion and disorientation, but also difficulty communicating, problems judging speeds and distances and even cravings for particular foods. Everyone’s experience of dementia is different.

While some treatments can help people to live with their symptoms there are no treatments that slow or stop diseases like Alzheimer’s. This means that the diseases will continue to get worse over time unless new treatments can be found quickly.

Dementia itself is not a disease it’s actually caused by lots of different diseases; it is not an inevitable part of getting older

  • Whilst 1 in 6 people in the UK over 80 have dementia, there are also 40,000 people under 65, and dementia can begin as young as 30 years old
  • Dementia is the leading cause of death in women in the UK and the third leading cause for men
  • Nearly half of people with dementia go undiagnosed and worldwide there are 7.7 million new cases diagnosed every year, and by 2030 there is expected to be over 75.6 million worldwide suffering with dementia

Though there is no cure for dementia right now, there are things people can do to help to reduce the risk of developing it. Things like regular physical exercise, a healthy diet, and cutting out smoking all heighten the chances of not developing the condition.

We look forward to working with the Alzheimer’s Society to support their initiatives by fundraising and volunteering over the course of the year.