What is dementia?
The word ‘dementia’ describes a set of symptoms that may include memory loss and difficulties with thinking, problem-solving or language.
These changes are often small to start with, but for someone with dementia they have become severe enough to affect daily life.
A person with dementia may also experience changes in their mood or behaviour.
Dementia is caused when the brain is damaged by diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease or a series of strokes. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia, but not the only one.
The specific symptoms that someone with dementia experiences will depend on the parts of the brain that are damaged and the disease that is causing the dementia.
- 850,000 people live with dementia in the UK … if action isn’t taken this number is predicted to rise to over two million by 2051.
- 225,000 people develop dementia every year, that’s roughly one person every three minutes…
- 42,325 people aged under 65 have dementia. That’s 20,806 women and 21,519 men.
Carer Support With Dementia
Marden Patient Group now has a dedicated member focusing on supporting patients who care for someone with Dementia.
If you need any support in this area, please contact:-
Zoe George:- Practice Manager on:
We will be able to advise you on the help and support available.
Our Patient Group is able to signpost you to outside agencies, offer guidance about where to go for help with administrative tasks such as Power of Attorney, and even help you to share your experiences with other people.
Alzheimer’s Society – Dementia Action Week 17th to 23rd May 2021
The focus this year for Dementia Action Week is Cure The Care System. The Alzheimer’s Society is calling on the Government to the Cure The Care System now. You can sign the petition to help The Alzheimer’s Society call the Government to provide quality social care that is free and easy to access.
Marden Medical Practice will be supporting the Alzheimer’s Society’s Denim for Dementia event on the 20th and 21th May 2021.
Donations can be made via the Alzheimer’s Society website: https://secure.alzheimers.org.uk/denim-for-dementia/