Dementia Action Week
Dementia Action Week starts the week commencing 21st May and ends on the 27th May. Dementia Action Week is supported by the Alzheimer’s Society, a charity dedicated to providing support and research for all those affected by dementia.
What is the aim of Dementia Action Week?
Dementia Action Week aims to unite the UK against dementia, a condition that the Alzheimer’s Society suggests is set to be the biggest killer in the 21st century. Therefore Dementia Action Week is looking to build an understanding of the condition in the general population, help to improve the standard of care given to dementia sufferers and ultimately, try and find a cure.
Organisations such as the Alzheimer’s Society are working hard every day to learn more about dementia, so they can develop more treatment options and ultimately find a cure. If you would like to see how best you can get involved in Dementia Action Week, please visit the Alzheimer’s Society Website.
What is Dementia?
Dementia is a term that encompasses a variety of progressive neurological disorders. The most common type of dementia is Alzheimer’s, with the NHS estimating that around 850,000 in the UK suffering from the condition.
The most common symptoms of dementia that you should be looking out for are:
Memory problems – Conditions under the umbrella term Dementia will usually involve problems with short-term memory. This is commonly the first symptom people will notice and will involve difficulty recalling recent events, or repeating themselves as they have forgotten what they said before.
Cognitive function – Dementia sufferers can experience periods of confusion as their cognitive function is affected by the disease. This could lead to them having trouble concentrating or planning, meaning simple day-to-day tasks become more difficult, such as cooking or climbing the stairs.
Communication – Talking to people can become a lot harder when someone has dementia. This is due to them finding it difficult to follow the conversation and their ability to remember the words to verbalise what they are thinking reduces.
Now all this does sound scary, but it is important to remember that there is a support out there for people suffering from dementia and a lot of people with the condition carry on living fulfilling lives with the condition. There are treatments that can help control the symptoms which can help people live the life they want.
There is medication out there that can help slow the progression of certain types of dementia, which is why it is vital to see your doctor as soon as you suspect you or a loved one has the condition. Other treatments involve brain exercises to keep it busy. This includes doing puzzles for “cogitative stimulation”, creating a book of memories to help maintain them for longer and to ensure they are exercising and socialising.
- Alzheimer’s affects an estimated 850,000 people in the UK.
- Every 3 seconds someone in the world develops Dementia.
- 131.5 million people will be living with dementia across the globe by 2050, with 68% of those people coming from low to middle-income countries.
- 2 out of 3 people globally believe there is little or no understanding of dementia in their countries.
- Up to the age of 65, 1 out of 1000 people will develop dementia.
- Past the age of 65, 1 in 20 people will develop dementia.
- Over the age of 80, 1 in 5 will develop dementia.
- Global dementia care costs $818 billion.