About Dementia

If you, or a friend or relative, have been diagnosed with dementia, you may be feeling anxious or confused.  You may not know what dementia is.

 

What is dementia?

Dementia describes different brain disorders that trigger a loss of brain function. These conditions are all usually progressive and eventually severe.

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of dementia, affecting 62 per cent of those diagnosed.

Other types of dementia include; vascular dementia affecting 17 per cent of those diagnosed, mixed dementia affecting 10 per cent of those diagnosed.

Symptoms of dementia include memory loss, confusion and problems with speech and understanding. Dementia is a terminal condition.

 

Symptoms of dementia can include:

Loss of memory:  for example, forgetting the way home from the shops or being unable to remember names and places, or what happened earlier the same day

Mood changes:  particularly as parts of the brain that control emotion are affected by disease.  People with dementia may also feel sad, frightened or angry about what is happening to them

Communication problems:  a decline in the ability to talk, read and write

In the later stages of dementia, the person affected will have problems carrying out everyday tasks and will become increasingly dependent on other people.

 

Who is affected?

There are 850,000 people with dementia in the UK, with numbers set to rise to over 1 million by 2025. This will soar to 2 million by 2051.

225,000 will develop dementia this year, that’s one every three minutes.

1 in 6 people over the age of 80 have dementia.

70 per cent of people in care homes have dementia or severe memory problems.

There are over 40,000 people under 65 with dementia in the UK.

More than 25,000 people from black, Asian and minority ethnic groups in the UK are affected.

 

For further information about dementia, together with a comprehensive set of factsheets and literature, please visit www.alzheimers.org.uk

Awareness

  • If you are worried, either about your own or someone else's memory, Alzheimer's Society has a factsheet that can help you understand more about memory loss.

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