Imagine waking up one morning not remembering where you are, who you are with or even the names of own family.
Or on Christmas Day not knowing who all the strangers are visiting you in your home, who are in actual fact your children and grandchildren.
It’s a terrifying thought isn’t it?
Sadly, that's the reality for 250 people like Margaret who are diagnosed with dementia every day in Australia.
A gift this Christmas will help us continue the fight against this heartbreaking disease.
For Margaret and husband John, their lives dramatically changed three years ago when Margaret was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia.
John first knew something wasn’t quite right when Margaret started to forget words in the middle of a conversation.
These small lapses in memory happened time and time again and are now so frequent that John no longer feels comfortable leaving Margaret alone.
For John, the hardest part now is knowing that many challenges lie ahead. What’s worse still is knowing there is nothing he can do to relieve Margaret’s pain.
If you have watched a loved one go through this before you’ll know it’s a cruel disease, robbing people of their precious memories, independence and eventually their lives.
The good news is, your support this Christmas can help change this!
You’ll be pleased to know the researchers and clinicians at the world-class Clinical Trials Centre at the Royal Adelaide Hospital are working tirelessly trialling drugs hoping to find an effective treatment for Alzheimer’s sufferers.
The centre runs a number of lifesaving trials and is leading the way in research undertaken in the lab that can be translated into treatments as soon as possible.
Clinical Trial Manager, Kathy Robinson says the memory loss trials “are designed to halt the progression of memory loss, to improve cognitive and functional capacity and thus prolong the quality of life.”
Your gift today can help ensure promising trials such as these can continue exploring therapies that will benefit your loved ones like Margaret sooner.