Cycling for Mental Health and Dementia

For the second time running and hopefully in better weather, Arc is supporting Partner Douglas Grant in the Prudential 100 mile challenge on August 4th

The objective is to raise moneys for MIND, the mental health charity and Dementia with Lewy Body. The former affects people of all ages and the latter tends to come later in life and is often misdiagnosed. Last year we raised £2,000-lets do it again. This amounts to either £20 a mile or £2 a mile applied to the approximately 1000 miles needed to practice. We appreciate people are asked to support many causes but ask for support on the following page

The cash raised will be split between the two causes:

Mind-mental health charity-a much underrated problem and which deserves support and funds -... mental health is high on the political agenda.Because of Mind, millions more people have access to advice and support thanks to our information and services nationally and locally, in England and Wales.

What is dementia with Lewy bodies?

The word dementia is used to describe a group of symptoms – these include memory loss, confusion, mood changes and difficulty with day-to-day tasks. There can be a number of different causes of dementia, with Alzheimer’s disease being the most common cause. Dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB) is the third most common type of dementia. For every 100 people with dementia, around 10-15 of them will have DLB. This means roughly 100,000 people in the UK are likely to have this form of dementia. Some people can show features of both Alzheimer’s and DLB; this is called mixed dementia. DLB is caused by small round clumps of protein that build up inside nerve cells in the brain. One of these proteins is called alpha-synuclein and the clumps it forms are called Lewy bodies. The protein clumps damage the way nerve cells work and communicate. In DLB, the nerve cells that are affected by Lewy bodies are in areas of the brain that control thinking, memory and movement. Lewy bodies are also responsible for the damage that causes movement problems in Parkinson’s disease. People with DLB can also show some changes in the brain that are typical of Alzheimer’s. This sometimes makes it hard to tell the difference between the two diseases.

Pictured...2018 proved to be one of the wettest on record so the hope is for better weather...