Fundraising for the Alzheimer’s Society

According to the Alzheimer’s Society, it is predicted there will be around 850,000 people in the UK with dementia in 2015.

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.

Dementia is caused when the brain is damaged by diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease which is the most common cause of dementia.  However not all dementia is due to Alzheimer’s.  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.  Each person is unique and will experience dementia in their own way.

Dementia is progressive, which means the symptoms gradually get worse over time.  How quickly it progresses varies greatly from person to person.  In the late stages the person will need more and more support to carry out everyday tasks.  However, many people maintain their independence and live well for years after their diagnosis.

On 5 September Caroline Fletcher, will be participating in the Alzheimer’s Society’s Stonehenge Trek.  Starting at 6.30 am, Caroline will start her trek with many others in Old Sarum, Wiltshire.  Her walk will take her past Salisbury Cathedral, over high ridges, through woodland and at her furthest point, Stonehenge, before she circles back to where she started, some 25 miles later.

As a Solicitor in our Wills and Probate Department, Caroline has seen the impact of dementia on both her clients, their families and carers.  After becoming a Dementia Friend in early 2014, she has decided to take on this challenge to raise money to help improve the quality of life for people affected by dementia in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

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