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Local charity, RICE, launches the ‘Delivering Healthy Ageing Appeal’ to fund vital dementia research

This week, local charity RICE, the Research Institute for the Care of Older People, launches their
Delivering Healthy Ageing – President’s Appeal. The aim of the appeal is to fund a dementia research
programme and to support the growth of RICE’s clinical and research capability into new areas of
age-related illnesses.

Research activity at RICE focuses on improving three areas of health for older people; Thinking
Clearly, Moving Well and Staying Strong. The Institute’s aim is to fight for a cure for dementia and
the appeal will help fund research into Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, Parkinson’s disease
and the decline of bone and muscle health which impacts greatly on the wellbeing of older people
and their families.

Melissa Hillier CEO of Rice with some of the clinical team.

Based at the Royal United Hospital in Bath, RICE is an internationally recognised
research institute, treatment centre and memory clinic dedicated to improving quality of life for
older people through its research and support for people with dementia, their families and carers.
Dementia is a hidden disease with significant social costs carried primarily by unpaid family carers as
well as health and social care services. Research into dementia is underfunded in the UK, according
to the Dementia Research UK, 1 in 14 people over 65 have dementia yet only £90 per patient is
spent on research.

As well as researching treatments for dementia, RICE hosts the NHS Memory Clinic for Bath and
North East Somerset. The RICE Memory Clinic receives referrals from local GPs, assesses patient’s
memory and thinking skills and provides treatment and medication for dementia. The RICE Centre
also runs courses for carers and Cognitive Stimulation courses for patients. To date the Memory
Clinic are proud to have cared for over 12,000 local people with memory problems and supported
their families.

I am proud to be the Patron of RICE.  My family and I know from personal experience that the care and support provided by the charity is exceptional. The dedicated and experienced staff at RICE help families to deal with the life changing news of living with dementia as well as carrying out vital research. In the future, the high- quality services provided by RICE will be ever more important as the number of people impacted by dementia and other conditions of older age is rising. Increasing the clinical and research capacity of the Research Institute is vital so that even more people can benefit.  Please support this appeal and help to improve life for us all as we age.

Lady Pratchett, Patron of RICE and Sir Terry Pratchett’s wife