What is Dementia?
Dementia is the name given to a group of illnesses that affect the brain, of which there are several types; most common is Alzheimer’s disease. A typical early sign of dementia is someone becoming forgetful and / or confused; for example forgetting names or how to get home. In the later stages, people are likely to find everyday tasks, such as shopping or cooking, difficult. They may also find social situations hard to manage.
There are around 750,000 people in the UK living from some form of dementia. So if you or someone you know is diagnosed with it, you are definitely not alone; there is plenty of support available from the professional health community. It mainly affects older people, both men and women (two–thirds of people with dementia are women, which is generally due to the fact that women live longer than men), but being old and occasionally being forgetful does not mean you have or will get dementia.
To find out more you can visit the Dementia Care website (http://www.dementiacare.org.uk/)