'I've been told I'll have dementia by the time I'm 50'
Would you take a test to find out if you’ll ever develop dementia? After seeing both her grandfather and father succumb to the disease, 35-year-old Hannah Mackay made the decision to take the test. Not only was she given the tragic news that she’ll develop dementia within the next 20 years, but that her two young daughters also have a 50% chance of inheriting the disease.
Refusing to accept this “death sentence”, police-sergeant Hannah is now focused on enjoying her life to its fullest, and raising awareness in the hope of finding a cure.
"My mission - I want to raise awareness about dementia, about the different types of dementia, the amount of communities and who it affects" - Hannah Mackay
Hannah is taking part in the Alzheimer’s Society Memory Walk campaign which sees 38 walks taking place nationwide in September and October, raising money for research, care, support and campaigning. Hannah is also doing her bit for science by taking part in research at UCL to help scientists push things forward.
She joins us today to share her story, alongside leading dementia expert Professor June Andrews.