Dementia is set to be the 21st Centuries biggest killer and this week is Dementia Awareness Week.
We regularly speak to clients & families with dementia and have a full awareness of the complexities of living with and managing this progressive neurological condition, in fact, our ‘charity of the year’ is the Alzheimer’s Society so Dementia Awareness Week is something we support wholeheartedly.
Dementia is an ‘umbrella term’ used to describe a collection of progressive neurological disorders. There are several types of dementia and some people may be diagnosed with a combination of types. People with dementia may repeat themselves often or have difficulty finding the right words and may experience increasing problems with communicating. Other symptoms can include short term memory problems, experiencing confusion and disorientation in environments which are unfamiliar whilst other people may hallucinate, and some can experience depression and anxiety – however due to the progressive nature of the condition, each person’s experience of dementia is unique and they may not exhibit all these symptoms.
It is predicted that by 2021, 1 million people will be living with the condition whilst in the UK alone, more than 850,000 people are currently living with dementia.
We support Dementia Awareness Week and hope that the work that we do goes some way in assisting towards the difficulties that this disease presents to those that suffer with it. Our guide to dementia and continuing healthcare can be found here.
Author: Tim Davies LLB