This month’s charity focus has meant a lot to me, more so with the passing of my Grandad this month.
My posts have hopefully given you a better understanding of what Dementia is, what causes Dementia and the different types of Dementia.
I have also focused on their campaign for Dementia Awareness Week #DoSomethingNew, which reminds us all that ‘life doesn’t end when dementia begins’ and encourages you to try something new, or take up an old interest or even to pursue a personal goal/dream.
My #DoSomethingNew is to take up Yoga! I am not the most flexible person, but hopefully with a bit of time that will come!
Here are just a few of the facts I covered in my May focus posts, along with a few new ones too:
- The financial cost of dementia is around £26 billion per year and unpaid carers save the UK economy around £11 billion each year.
- There are over 100 different types of dementia, some more common than others such as Alzheimers, Vascular Dementia and Dementia with Lewy Bodies.
- 225,000 people will develop dementia this year, that’s one every three minutes.
- Two thirds of the dementia population are women and around 40,000 younger people have the condition
- It has been predicted that over 1 million people will be living with Dementia by the year 2025
- More needs to be done in the way of research, as research into Dementia is massively underfunded, with the government investing eight times less in Dementia research than it does into Cancer research. In figures this equates to £73.8 million on Dementia research compared to a massive £502.8 million on Cancer research (2012/2013)
All these facts, and more, can be found here.
If you require any other information regarding Dementia or information on how to get involved with the Alzheimer’s Society then please check out there website, as it is a really useful place to start.
If you would like to donate to Alzheimer’s Society, please click here