Many of us have heard of Dementia and many of us have some understanding of it, but what do we really know about it? We have compiled a list of five facts about Dementia that many people will be unaware of.
- Dementia is an umbrella term for a series of diseases with similar symptoms, including memory loss and confusion. Alzheimer’s is the most common, affecting two-thirds of over 65’s living with dementia.
- Every three minutes someone in the UK develops dementia and 3% of the UK population will have dementia by 2051. Dementia currently costs the UK economy more than £26 billion per year which is more than cancer and heart disease combined, however only £90 is spent on dementia research per patient annually.
- Age is the biggest factor in terms of developing dementia but it does affect the young too, and it is not a natural part of the aging process. Although the majority of people living with dementia are over 65, more than 40,000 people in the UK are younger than this who have the condition.
- Dementia is not just losing your memory although it is one of the more obvious signs. Confusion, disorientation, mood swings, personality changes and difficulty communicating are also symptoms that can progress over time.
- There are things you can do to live an independent life with a dementia diagnosis. Many people opt to live in their own home for as long as possible with the support of family members or other carers. They may choose to take up hobbies or become actively involved in Alzheimer’s research studies showing it is possible to have a fulfilling and active life.
We do everything we can to support those with dementia which is why it has become one of our specialisms. Our Cedar Philosophy gives those living with dementia the chance to feel like they are living an enriched and normal life by tailoring their care needs and treating them as the individuals that they are.
To read more about our Cedar Philosophy, click here.