Liz's Appeal

Alzheimer's Society - Liz's New Year Appeal
Please give today to help find new treatments to slow the terrifying progression of dementia.

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My wife Liz has lost everything to dementia. Her friends. Her career. Some days I don’t think she even recognises me. She's only 56 years old.

I know Liz better than anyone. We’ve been married for 33 years. Five years ago, Liz had a high-flying job in Public Relations. We were happy and content.

Then, after a brilliant 30-year career, she was made redundant due to poor performance. She'd never mentioned struggling at work, so we put it down to a business restructure.

'The doctor asked me to be quiet while he asked Liz where she lived. She couldn't answer'
- Barry

Weeks later, Liz was at a routine doctor’s appointment. The doctor was asking Liz questions and I was answering for her – something I’d been doing for some time without even realising.

The doctor asked me to be quiet while he asked Liz where she lived – she couldn’t answer.

She was diagnosed with young-onset dementia at age 52. We were absolutely heartbroken. 

We urgently need to continue researching new treatments

Research is our only option of stopping dementia destroying lives. Yet decades of underfunding has left vital research lagging behind other health conditions.

With your help we can find new treatments to slow the terrifying progression of dementia – it could even be the key to a cure.

Your support means researchers could discover how to keep the brain healthy and stop the progression of dementia.

What really breaks my heart is that Liz is perfectly healthy, apart from her dementia. If it wasn’t for this illness we’d still be living our normal lives together. This is why it’s so crucial that together we provide the much-needed funding for research.

Help bring hope to families like ours living with dementia

Please give today to help stop dementia devastating the lives of loved ones

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