As a company who works closely with nursing homes across the country, many of them specialising in dementia, we have always been eager to learn more about it. We thought it would be fitting to show our support in September, which is World Alzheimer’s Month, and join the ranks of Dementia Friends. In a previous blog post, we explained all about the difference between Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, as well as other key facts, but this time we thought we’d talk a bit more about what you can do as a person!
Why Dementia Friends?
Some of the biggest issues surrounding dementia are a lack of awareness and misunderstandings. This is why becoming a Dementia Friend is all about educating yourself. All you need is to find out more about dementia. Here are some key facts from Alzheimer’s Society:
- Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of dementia, affecting 62 per cent of those diagnosed.
- Symptoms of dementia include memory loss, confusion and problems with speech and understanding. Dementia is a terminal condition.
- There are 850,000 people with dementia in the UK, with numbers set to rise to over 1 million by 2025. This will soar to 2 million by 2051.
- There is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease or any other type of dementia. Delaying the onset of dementia by five years would halve the number of deaths from the condition, saving 30,000 lives a year.
How do I get involved?
For advice and information, call the Alzheimer’s Society National Dementia Helpline on 0300 222 1122. And make sure you join us in being a Dementia Friend yourself!
What are you doing next?
Lots more conversations about dementia. Being more patient. And of course, spreading awareness about dementia!