This month’s charity focus is Alzheimers Society, as it is Dementia Awareness Week between the 17th and 23rd May.
Alzheimers and Dementia is quite close to my heart and frankly Dementia charities do not get enough help from the government, considering the financial cost of dementia is around £26 billion per year. (alzheimers.org.uk)
People often assume that Alzheimers is another word for Dementia, when in fact Alzheimers is actually a type of Dementia, with there also being other types of Dementia too.
‘Dementia’ is a word that describes a list of symptoms which can include memory loss and difficulties in doing certain tasks such as problem-solving, thinking and language and is caused when the brain has suffered damage by other diseases such as Alzheimers or a series of strokes (alzheimers.org.uk)
There are over 100 different types of dementia, some more common than others such as Alzheimers, Vascular Dementia and Dementia with Lewy Bodies.
Two thirds of the dementia population are also women with 40,000 younger people having the condition.
In this month’s focus, we will look at the different types of dementia, diagnosis and symptoms, along with how Alzheimers Society can help and how we in turn can get involved to raise awareness and support.
With the prediction being that 1 million people will be living with dementia by 2025, more research needs to be carried out, and for this more money needs to be allocated so that we can start delaying the onset of dementia, which can reduce the number of deaths attributable to dementia by 30,000 a year (if delayed by 5 years), with the current total being 60,000 deaths a year.
Other areas need to be improved too, with only 44% of people with dementia in England Wales and Northern Ireland receiving a diagnosis and therefore receiving the treatment and care they need.
For more statistics and information on Dementia, go to Alzheimers.org.uk