With women outliving men, they are not only more likely to develop dementia but often have to care for others with the condition too. Millions of women across the world are providing unpaid care for loved ones with dementia, which has a huge impact on health, wellbeing and financial security. Sadly, this means that women are more likely to be disadvantaged and to be living alone when the time comes for them to need care themselves.
Dr Jo Barnes of University College London is working at the cutting edge of dementia research. In a field frequently dominated by men, Dr Barnes is applying her unique knowledge of complex brain imaging problems to understand more about dementia. This three year project will provide the funds for her to train a PhD student, Emily, and support the next generation of innovative female scientists dedicated to making a difference for women.
Over 830,000 people have dementia in the UK today. At the moment there is no definitive test for dementia, leaving many people struggling to receive a diagnosis. Earlier diagnosis would allow these people to access treatments and support at an earlier stage, helping them to maintain quality of life for as long as possible.