What is dementia?

Almost all of us have heard the word dementia but what exactly is it? Dementia is an umbrella term used to describe a number of conditions characterised by a decline in memory loss, problem-solving, language and behaviour that affects a persons ability to perform an everyday task.

Many dementias are progressive, meaning symptoms start out slowly and gradually get worse normally over a period of four to twenty years.

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia accounting for 60-80% of cases. However, there are different types, for example, Lewy Body, Vascular and Frontotemporal dementia. For more information click here

 

Facts:

  • There are over 800,000 people in the UK who have dementia
  • One in fourteen people over 65 and one in six people over 80 have dementia.
  • It is more common in women than men
  • Over 17,000 young people (under the age of 65) in the UK have dementia. This is called early-onset dementia.
  • Dementia affects everyone differently and can cause a wide range of symptoms.
  • Dementia is progressive, which means symptoms get worse over time
  • There is no known cure for dementia, but there are drugs and therapies that can help
  • If you are diagnosed with dementia, there are lots of things you can do that will help you to live as well as possible.

For more information please visit our Caring for a family member page where you can find a number of links that can help. 

(Source Alzhimers.org.uk)