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25 May 2011

Lilac to Ventoux

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia, the deterioration of mental functions including memory, language, orientation and judgement. Around two thirds of all dementia cases in the elderly are caused by Alzheimer’s disease, but the mechanism of the disease is not yet clearly understood.[1]


Worldwide, an estimated 35.6 million people are affected by dementia, which is expected to almost double by 2030 and triple by 2050. Around two thirds of these people live in low to middle income countries. The world wide cost of dementia in 2010 is estimated at US$604 billion, more than the GDP of Belgium.[2]


Alzheimer’s disease is incurable and terminal. Financially and logistically, it places significant pressure on health care systems in terms of providing care for sufferers and support for their families. Emotionally, it is a devastating disease which gradually and relentlessly strips away the sufferer’s memories, personality and ability to interact with the world and loved ones. For sufferer and family alike, it is nothing short of a nightmare.


Currently, research into Alzheimer’s disease receives comparatively little funding, despite its considerable global impact. More research is needed to understand the mechanism of the disease and to find more effective treatments, and hopefully means for prevention and a cure. By supporting me in my ride up Mt Ventoux on 25 May 2011, you can help.

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[1] Alzheimer’s Research Trust (UK),

[2] Alzheimer’s Disease International, World Alzheimer Report 2010,



Pratchett fan raising Alzheimer's awareness by cycling up Mt Ventoux on the Glorious 25th of May.