It is astonishing when you realise that around 850,000 people in the UK have dementia and by 2025 this number is expected to rise to over one million. Although dementia affects mainly older people it can also be found in the young and it affects both men and women (although it is estimated that around two thirds of people with dementia are actually women) . Over 40,000 people under the age of 65 have dementia in the UK.
Dementia has a group of signs and symptoms and not every sufferer has the same combination of symptoms. The most common type of dementia is Alzheimer’s Disease.
The Five most common signs of dementia are:
- Struggling to remember things
- Difficulty in working things out
- Difficulty in picking up new skills
- Struggling to adapt to physical and sensory changes
- Difficulties with orientation
There are no cures known for dementia but there are treatments that can help slow the progression of the condition or help people to cope with some of the symptoms. The symptoms will increase over time and the changes tend to be gradual although different people experience the changes at different speeds.
When a person is diagnosed with dementia this does not automatically mean that they have to move into either an NHS or private care home or hospital. Statistics show that two thirds of people diagnosed still live in the community and there are many ways that they can obtain help from adapting things in their home, support from health and social care professionals as well as financial assistance.
Getting old does not mean that you will suffer with dementia, it is just more common in the elderly.
The information above has been sourced from http://www.dementiacare.org.uk/