Dementia UK – Time For A Cuppa
Understanding dementia can be an upsetting subject for many of us – especially when it concerns someone who you love. Did you know 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.
Thankfully, there is an ongoing battle to support those with dementia, and scientists are continually researching the disease intending to slow its development with the aim to eradicate it altogether.
What is Dementia?
Dementia is an umbrella term used to describe a range of progressive neurological disorders, that is, conditions affecting the brain. Dementia comes in many different types, of which Alzheimer’s disease is the most common.
The four most common types of dementia are: Alzheimer’s, Vascular dementia, Frontotemporal and Dementia with Lewy bodies.
People with dementia might have problems retaining new information. You may find they get lost in previously familiar places and might struggle to remember a person’s name. If this happens on a regular basis then people are advised to visit their GP.
Dementia also affects your cognitive ability. This means the ability to process information can be a challenge.
A change in communication is noticeable when people have dementia. You may find those with the disease may lose interest in seeing other people socially. Mood swings become more regular. Following and engaging in a conversation may also present difficulty.
So how does Dementia UK help?
Dementia UK provides specialist dementia support for families through its Admiral Nurse service.
When things become a challenge, the nurses work alongside people with dementia and their families.
Families who receive support from the nurses can be confident in knowing there is a caring expert by their side – helping to live a more positive life with dementia today, and to face the challenges that are to come.
For more information on Dementia UK go to: www.dementiauk.org