Over the years I have known many individuals who have been struck down with this disease – including my late father-in-law and several clients. For some, the disease has been diagnosed at a relatively young age. I have learned that the early signs can often be very difficult, if not impossible, for a family member to detect – particularly as we have a tendency to link behavioural changes to ‘getting older’. For the sufferer, the early signs can be extremely frustrating – particularly as they become aware of their increasing forgetfulness, or discover that they no longer know how to use an everyday appliance – such as a kettle or stapler. For many, there is often a stage where staying at home is no longer a safe environment. I live in hope that our investment in dementia research will help to not only find a cure, but also facilitate the reliable early-detection of this disease.