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Scrubbing up: Your comments

In this week's Scrubbing Up, the chief executive of Alzheimer's Research Trust, Rebecca Wood, argues that only a lack of funds is holding back UK researchers from finding a cure for the disease.

What do you think? Here are some of the comments you have been sending in to this week's Scrubbing up.


My wife is 61-year-old and has suffered with Posterior Cortical Atrophy a rare variant of Alzheimer's since her mid fifties. Watching a once young and vibrant women get slowly eaten away by this disease with very little hope of anything becoming available to reverse the process is heartbreaking for everyone. It is imperative that this situation is addressed, consequently I believe substantial research funds should be provided then hopefully, at least people afflicted by this disease in the future will be able to face the fight with some real hope.
Richard, Ipswich, Suffolk, England

Dealing with Alzheimer's is a growing challenge. You hear about so many cases these days. The article is right - people are more willing to speak about it. Treating and managing the disease is costing the country huge amounts of money. Let's crack it at source and dedicate more funds to research to find a cure.
Sue Parry, Eastling, Kent

This disease not only causes emotional turmoil for the entire family as well as the victim, but the cost of care and coping is beyond recognition right now. From a social standpoint, curing dementia will strengthen society; from a cost standpoint, curing dementia will allow society to move on to other concerns.
Martha Macinski, Hector, USA

My boyfriend's mum died of this disease last October. It was very upsetting for me and all of his family. She had Alzheimer's for a number of years. However, she had to go into hospital due to her burning herself, and it was whilst she was in their care her health rapidly declined. I don't think the care she received in both the hospital and the care home afterwards was very good considering she paid into the NHS all her life.
Beverley Hunt, Tamworth, Staffordshire

I have just lost my mother to this dreadful disease. Her mother died of it. It is the worst thing I have ever experienced, anyone could end up with this and it is such a sad and pitiful way to end a life. There must be something to stop this.
Lynda, Hampshire

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