World Alzheimer's Month - Understanding Alzheimer’s disease and dementia

As part of this year’s World Alzheimer’s Month and World Alzheimer’s Day (21 September), we’re raising awareness about the myths and stigma of dementia.
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Forgetting someone’s name or where you left something can happen from time to time, particularly when you’re tired or stressed. But if you’re aged 65 or over and memory loss is starting to impact your life, it’s a good idea to talk to your GP about dementia.

At the end of this article are 2 videos that you might find informative. What is dementia? A 4-minute long video about which diseases cause dementia, how they affect the brain and symptoms.

Lets talk about dementia. 2-minute video of a group of people of who have or had a loved one who was affected by dementia. They discuss stereotypes, their experiences and how to help prevent dementia.

Did you know?

• Dementia is a set of symptoms that affect your brain’s cognitive function, such as thinking and memory.

• It is usually caused by a disease, such as Alzheimer’s, which is the most common one.

• Around 850,000 people live with dementia in the UK.

• Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease can affect anybody, including younger people. Over 42,000 people with dementia are aged under 65.

• Cultural perceptions of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia can make it harder for people to get the support they need. Some cultures see a dementia diagnosis as a source of shame.

• When you’re ready to talk with your loved ones about your diagnosis, there are some helpful tips to read online, such as these from Alzheimer’s Society

• Dementia doesn’t prevent you from living a full life. You can read stories from Young Dementia UK about how people have been able to do this.

During the Covid-19 lockdown, it was not possible for people to visit their loved ones in care homes. This has now changed, although each care home provider will have different guidelines to ensure they protect residents. You can read more on our website about the new guidance

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What is dementia
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