Union J star Jamie ‘JJ’ Hamblett has made an impassioned plea for more young people to support dementia research. The Beautiful Life singer made the rallying call in an article penned for Alzheimer’s Research UK’s recently-launched blog: www.dementiablog.org.
JJ, who began supporting the UK’s leading dementia research charity in July this year, also reflects on the impact the disease has had on some of his fans and the fear of forgetting the faces of those closest to him.
In his post, JJ writes:
“Many people my age don’t give dementia a second thought. But what a lot of people don’t realise is that while dementia mainly affects people over the age of 65, it can affect younger people too. But age aside, all cases have one thing in common – it’s the families who have to watch their loved-ones disappear. It’s young people who’ll reap the benefits of today’s pioneering research and that’s why it’s important to do our bit.”
“I have been touched by the numerous messages I’ve received from JCats affected by dementia since I began supporting Alzheimer’s Research UK earlier this year. Each one had a heartbreaking story to tell. One fan shared the pain of losing both her grandmothers and her great grandfather to Alzheimer’s disease. Another said she felt she ‘lost’ her grandma several years before she died as the disease took hold. Imagine not recognising the faces of those closest to us. It’s scary, right? Sadly, many people with dementia face this every single day and the condition is affecting thousands of families across the UK right now.”
The new dementia blog from Alzheimer’s Research UK shares the ideas and experiences of people living with dementia, scientists working to improve diagnosis, prevention and treatment, and the fundraisers who support pioneering dementia research.
There are hundreds of thousands of people in the UK living with dementia. With more than 40% of the UK population knowing someone close with dementia, and support for Alzheimer’s Research UK on the rise, interest in dementia and science has never been higher. Alzheimer’s Research UK funds more than £20 million of dementia research across the UK and is a leading commentator on new dementia research findings.
Rebecca Wood, Chief Executive of Alzheimer’s Research UK, said:
“JJ is one of our newest celebrity supporters but already he has helped massively in raising the profile of dementia and the work being carried out by Alzheimer’s Research UK among young people.
“This blog will illuminate the often misunderstood effects of dementia, giving a voice to hundreds of thousands who often struggle to be heard. The site is the home of expert reaction to scientific developments in dementia across the world.”