Amazing dementia facts you should know
This article is going to show you what is dementia, dementia symptoms, symtoms of dementia as well as dementia facts you should know.
Dementia is not a disease
It’s actually caused by lots of different diseases. The word ‘dementia’ is just an umbrella term for the symptoms caused by these diseases such as memory loss, confusion and personality change. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause but other dementias include vascular dementia, dementia with Lewy bodies and frontotemporal dementia.
Dementia is not a natural part of growing older
Dementia is a different sort of forgetfulness. Your memory loss will be more noticeable, and may be accompanied by mood changes and confusion. It's important to ask your GP to check out any unusual symptoms as these can sometimes be treated with appropriate medication.
It’s possible to live well with dementia
There are many people in the UK and across the world who are facing dementia head on and developing support mechanisms and strategies to live well with the condition. That includes anything from taking up new hobbies to making new friends or taking part in research.
It's more than just about losing your memory
People often think of dementia as a form of memory loss. And usually it does start by affecting people's short-term memory. But it's more than that - it can also affect the way people think, speak, perceive things, feel and behave. Dementia makes it harder to communicate and do everyday things, but there is a lot that can be done to help. Every year we understand more about dementia, and develop new strategies that can help to boost someone's confidence and maintain their independence for as long as possible.
Dementia doesn’t discriminate
Dementia is a condition that can affect anyone regardless of background, education, lifestyle or status.
There are no treatments to stop the diseases that cause dementia
While some treatments can help people to live with their symptoms a little better, there are no treatments that slow or stop diseases like Alzheimer’s. This means that the diseases will continue to get worse over time unless new treatments can be found quickly.
Dementia has a bigger impact on women
With more and more women living well into their 80s, half a million women in the UK are now living with dementia. The condition is the leading cause of death in women in the UK. Women are also more likely to take on unpaid caring roles for other people with dementia and are more than twice as likely as men to provide intensive.
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