It’s Dementia Awareness Week (15-21 May) were many charities and organisations come together to raise awareness and encourage people who may be worried they have the condition to get tested sooner rather than later.
Dementia suffers are more commonly aged over 65, as the likelihood of developing dementia rises with age. However, over 40,000 people in the UK under 65 have been diagnosed. When people think of dementia, they usually associate it with memory loss.
However, dementia can affect people in a variety of ways. This might include confusion and disorientation, changes in behaviour, delusions and hallucinations, difficulty judging speed and distance or even cravings for particular foods. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms, we encourage you to see your GP as soon as possible. Unfortunately, dementia is a progressive illness, meaning that the symptoms will gradually get worse.
Although there are no treatments to stop the diseases that cause dementia, a lot of sufferers find ways to live with their condition as best they can by developing support mechanisms and strategies. This can be anything from making new friends to taking up a new hobby.There’s no question that it can have a devastating impact on people, their friends and family- but being diagnosed early on can enable dementia sufferers to live as well as possible.
Around 850,000 people in the UK are living with a form of dementia. There are plenty of organisations and people to talk to about dementia. Don’t live in silence.
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