The word “Dementia” is commonly used, but misunderstood by many. Dementia is not a disease but a collection of symptoms that result from damage to the brain, and these symptoms can be caused by a number of conditions – the most common, Alzheimer’s disease. We take a look at the key facts, common symptoms associated with the most common form of dementia , and also ways you can care for loved ones suffering;
- There are 800,000 people with dementia in the UK with numbers set to rise to over 1 million by 2021.
- Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of dementia, affecting 62% of those diagnosed.
- Dementia is a terminal condition and there is no cure for Alzheimer’s or any other type of dementia.
- 1/3 people over 65 lose their life to the disease
- There are over 17,000 people under 65 with dementia in the UK.
Common symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia include:
- Short term and long term memory loss
- Difficulty with organisation and planning tasks
- Confusions in unfamiliar environments
- Problems with speech
- Difficulty with numbers and/or handling money in shops
- Changes in personality and mood
Note: It is important to talk to your GP sooner rather than later if you are worried that you or a loved one have any of the above symptoms.
Dementia is progressive, therefore this means the brain will become more damaged over time, with symptoms changing and becoming gradually more severe. When a person with dementia finds that their abilities are declining, they’re often feel anxious, therefore it is important to help them feel as secure and confident in their own abilities.
It is also important to help those suffering to keep an element of their independence, and help build their confidence – tasks such as shopping and cooking are great for this. There are a range of dementia care products available on the market, such as memory aids, mobility support aids, products to improve bathing safety and assistive devices, all designed to make both those with dementia and their carer’s lives easier and more supported.
As the illness progresses and daily tasks may become difficult to manage independently, dementia aids and additional support can help those suffering get on with their day to day lives.
To find out more about the range of dementia products visit www.uksmobility.co.uk