Last week, Join Dementia Research, the database to match researchers with willing volunteers, was 1 year old.
It seems ages since the launch and whilst I don’t remember all the detail, what I do remember is being down in London and watching the live database. As those of us involved were being interviewed on radio and television, you could see the impact it was having on the database. The spikes of people logging on and registering was amazing to watch.
Without willing volunteers it’s nigh on impossible for researchers to prove one way or another whether a drug, treatment or programme of activity can work. That’s why it’s so vital for people to volunteer, especially those themselves with dementia. It’s not all about drugs trials, there are social intervention projects as well and both are equally important.
Kate Liptrot, Deputy news editor and health journalist for The Press newspaper published an article on me on the day. She interviewed me a year or so ago about living with dementia so it was good that she followed it up last week promoting research.
If you’re interesting you can read it here:
If you know anyone with dementia or would like to volunteer yourself go to:
You never know when you might be grateful for all those willing volunteers……..