Alzheimer’s Research UK is asking you to limber up this summer for their nationwide initiative, Yoga for Alzheimer’s. The charity is hosting 16 different yoga sessions in key cities across the UK to raise money for dementia research, from Sunday 12 June 2016 to International Yoga Day on Tuesday 21 June 2016.
Over 850,000 people in the UK currently have some form of dementia. By 2025, the number is expected to rise to over one million.
By 2050, it is projected to exceed two million.Dementia is the leading cause of death of women and one in three people over 65 will die with some form of dementia.
Alzheimer’s Research UK is leading the charge to find vital treatments for dementia by funding more than £33million of research over 140 projects.
So join Alzheimer’s Research UK in the fight to defeat dementia by grabbing your yoga mats and heading down to your nearest venue.
All you have to do is sign up through the website before the day, or if you can’t make the session why not hold your own one from home?
Yoga for Alzheimer’s organiser Ingrid Stone came up with the idea after her mum Valerie Blumenthal was diagnosed with Posterior Cortical Atrophy (PCA), the same rare variant of Alzheimer’s disease that affected the late Alzheimer’s Research UK patron and author Sir Terry Pratchett.
Ingrid said, “After mum’s diagnosis I wanted to do everything I could to help Alzheimer’s Research UK. The event was designed to be inclusive. We know not everyone can run a marathon, but if everyone can put forward a few hours of their time then we’ll be one step closer to defeating dementia. For those who practise yoga regularly this is a fantastic opportunity to get into your favourite yoga positions while raising money for a great cause.”
The session costs £15 and participants are encouraged to raise a minimum of £100 in sponsorship. To sign up go to www.alzheimersresearchuk.org/fundraising/yoga-for-alzheimers/