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Alzheimer’s isn’t simply a natural consequence of ageing. Only 1% is caused by genes. And it isn’t an infection. It is a true disease; which means we can identify the causes and develop treatments and prevention.

About Plan B

 

Rather than simply wait for Alzheimer’s to run its course, dealing as best we can to manage the situation, we believe in taking positive action. We call it our Plan B.

Research has shown that B Vitamins can play a significant role in the prevention of Alzheimer’s, and in arresting its progress. Our aim is to bring B-vitamin based therapies into the heart of mainstream health strategy on Alzheimer’s. For that to happen, and in order to bring effective therapies one step closer, we need more investment in vital research. That’s why we’re taking our message to the general public, policy makers and health practitioners. And it’s why we urgently need your support to help us deliver our Plan B. Read our case for support document for more information.  

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About Alzheimer’s Prevention

Alzheimer’s isn’t something you suddenly get, like an infection. It isn’t the natural consequence of ageing nor is it genetic. Only 1% is caused by genes. It is a true disease which means we can identify the causes and prevent them. Help us find the risk factors and how to reduce them. That’s the aim of the Alzheimer’s Prevention Project.

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Action on Alzheimer's

Half of the risk for developing dementia and Alzheimer’s is preventable and most of this risk relates to nutrition and lifestyle factors. Given that Alzheimer’s is not a reversible condition, the best hope for prevention lies in targeting those at risk, from age 50, and encouraging positive diet and lifestyle changes. We seek to test the effects of an e-based educational strategy for changing diet and behaviour on cognitive function after 1 and 2 years to help develop a model for effective action on Alzheimer’s prevention which could be applied nationally and globally. Read Food for the Brain's case for support.

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Testing for Mild Cognitive Impairment

Testing for Mild Cognitive Impairment

The Cognitive Function Test is an online tool for self-assessment of MCI in the cognitive domains that predict Alzheimer’s Disease. This article provides an overview of, and research evidence for, the 3 cognitive domains assessed – episodic memory, executive function and processing speed; the criteria for computerisation of the test; and a summary of the pilot study and analysis.

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Take the test

Take the test

Our online screening tool helps identify the early signs of cognitive impairment. It is designed for those aged 50-70.  

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6 Prevention Steps

6 Prevention Steps

Take these simple steps to reduce your risk of Alzheimer's disease.

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Make a donation

Help us make a difference

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Modifying Risk Factors

Modifying risk factors for dementia: where are we now and where do we need to go?

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Homocysteine and B Vitamins

Homocysteine and B Vitamins

Both high homocysteine (Hcy) levels, and low folic and B12 levels in blood correlate with increasing risk for Alzheimer’s Disease. This article reviews the research evidence that support this position and discusses the follow on research questions: at what point in the process is cognitive decline reversible; and what dose of nutrients confers protection?

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Methylation and homocysteine

Methylation and homocysteine

This article provides an overview of the methylation process and discusses the causes and impacts of high homocysteine levels for diseases such as Alzheimer’s, the importance of homocysteine measurement, its limitations, testing and vitamin supplementation to normalise homocysteine levels.

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Play Your Part

We’re aiming to raise £100,000 to support vital research into B Vitamins and Alzheimer’s. But research is only half the story. We urgently need to spread the word, increase awareness and encourage people to take positive steps on Alzheimer’s right now.

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For business

We are initially aiming to raise £100,000 to support our Plan B positive action on Alzheimer’s. We offer a variety of opportunities for businesses, health and wellbeing organisations, researchers and other groups to get involved.

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Events

Current Food for the Brain events

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Medical centres specialising in mental health

Medical centres specialising in mental health

Find out where you can go for further specialist support.

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Declarations of interest

Declarations of interest

Find out who is involved in the Alzheimer’s Prevention Project, how it is funded and affiliations with other organisations.

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