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Still a 'lot to discover' around the causes of dementia

Research published this week suggest that one in three cases of Alzheimer's disease worldwide is preventable. Chris Russell, Senior Lecturer in Dementia Studies, gave his opinion on this on BBC Hereford and Worcester's Andrew Easton programme

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  • Still a 'lot to discover' around the causes of dementia

    Research published this week suggest that one in three cases of Alzheimer's disease worldwide is preventable. Chris Russell, Senior Lecturer in Dementia Studies, gave his opinion on this on BBC Hereford and Worcester's Andrew Easton programme

    "Itís good that weíre talking about dementia again in the news, as that helps to raise awareness and increase understanding. Also, for some people who are living with dementia it could reduce the sense of isolation and stigma that living with dementia can sometimes bring.

    "I do think itís important to sound a bit of a note of caution though.

    "Dr Simon Ridley, the Head of Research at Alzheimerís UK, has said that, whilst this takes us forward quite a long way, thereís actually no certain way to prevent Alzheimerís disease. There are also many cases that are not related to the risk factors that theyíve identified.

    "What does the research tell us about people who decide to change their lives in these ways yet still get Alzheimerís disease? What does it tell us about people who are living with dementia already? I donít think that the research gives many points towards addressing their situation. So whilst I think that itís good news, there is that little note of caution there as well.

    "What I would say is that thereís still a lot to discover about what causes dementia and how we prevent dementia, and I would never ever want to get into a situation where, indirectly, society starts blaming people for getting dementia, because itís a much more complicated picture than that."

    Listen to the full broadcast on the BBC iPlayer at†http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p021y50c.

    | 15 July 2014

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