5 things that you should know about Dementia

1 in 3 people born in the UK this year will develop dementia in their life time, there are currently 850000 people in the UK with dementia.

With stats as high as this we think that it is important that we all have a good understanding of it.

Here are 5 things that you need to know about dementia:

1. People with dementia can still live an active and independent life.

Home care companies such as Lease of Life Home Care are fully trained in how to help care for people with dementia to ensure that they are still living a happy and healthy life in their own homes.

2. Dementia has a more significant impact on women.

Women tend to live longer, many well into their 80s which leaves them at higher risk of developing dementia. Half a million women in the UK are living with dementia right now. Dementia also affects women more in the way that they are more likely to become carers either paid or unpaid and witness first hand the effects that dementia can have.

3. There are no treatments to cure dementia.

Although there are treatments, mechanisms and advice that can help people with dementia to love a better life there s currently no cure or medication that can be taken to slow down or reverse the symptoms.

4. Dementia is not ‘just forgetting things’.

Although this might be one of the first symptoms that is noticed or the main behaviour that people associate with dementia, Dementia is more than just memory loss. Other changes in behaviour include disorientation and confusion, difficulty communicating and judging distances and speeds accurately.

5. Dementia can affect anyone.

Dementia does not discriminate, it can affect people of all backgrounds, sexes, ages, sexes and lifestyles. It is also a common myth that dementia is only an issue in the western world. Dementia truly is a global health issue affecting 46.8 million people worldwide. (according to the World Alzheimer’s Report 2015).

If you would like to find out more about dementia read our recent blog ‘What are the early signs of dementia’ or get in contact today. All our home care assistants are specially trained in healthcare including Alzheimer’s and dementia. We offer high quality care services in your own home that are completely personalised to you..

Find out how we can help you today by calling us on 01707 246552