This week is Dementia awareness week. How much do you know about Dementia?
Dementia is a group of related symptoms associated with an ongoing decline of the brain. It occurs when the brain is damaged or affected by a disease. Depending on what parts of the brain is damaged depends on what effects it may have. Some of the related symptoms can include -
- memory loss
- problems with thinking
- speech and communication difficulties
- lack of understanding and judgement
- visual difficulties
Dementia is progressive however many people with dementia lead active lives for many years. Ageing, genes and lifestyle can be factors which increase the risk of developing dementia. In the UK around 800,000 people suffer with Dementia. Around 17,000 of these people are under the age of 65, this is called early onset or young-onset of dementia.
Although many types of dementia there are four main types -
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Vascular dementia
- Dementia with Lewy bodies
- frontotemporal dementia
At the moment there is no known cure for dementia but with certain drugs and therapies the symptoms can be managed allowing sufferers to live well for many years.
If you want to read more about dementia click here to visit Alzheimer’s Society website http://www.alzheimers.org.uk/site/scripts/home_info.php?homepageID=536
They offer advice, support and further information on dementia