September 21st every year is World Alzheimer’s Day around the world. This is an international campaign aimed at raising awareness and challenge the common stigma that surrounds Alzheimer related dementia.
Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease that impairs memory and other mental functions. It is the most common form of dementia that generalizes memory loss and loss of other essential cognitive abilities that are serious enough to interfere with an individual’s daily life.
Most people often think that this disease is a normal part of ageing.
Though this may not be true, a greatest risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease is increasing age. This is evident by majority of Alzheimer’s patients being 65 years or older. This doesn’t completely classify the disease as an elderly disease.
Let's talk about Dementia
This World Alzheimer's Month, we are highlighting the importance of talking about dementia. We want to raise awareness of how it impacts the daily lives of people affected by the condition and challenge the stigma that surrounds it.
We know that receiving a dementia diagnosis can leave a person feeling very alone. We have also spoken to primary carers who feel isolated since their loved one received a diagnosis. But you are not alone — Alzheimer's Society and other organisations are here to support you.
Let's shine a spotlight on dementia and highlight how taking the time to talk about dementia can have a huge impact for people affected by it.
Dementia is one of the most important health care issues facing the world.
- Globally, dementia is one of the biggest challenges we face, with nearly 50 million people living with dementia worldwide.
- In the UK 850,000 people have a diagnosis of dementia
- 1 in 16 people over 65 years have dementia
- 1 in 6 people over 80 years have dementia
- The estimated cost to this disease is £23 billion which is predicted to triple by the year 2040
- One in three people will care for a person with dementia in their lifetime
- 66,000 carers have reduced their working hours in paid employment
- 50,000 carers have given up paid employment
Receiving a diagnosis of Dementia can feel harrowing and have an impact not only on the person who is diagnosed but on their family members too. We at Carers’ Hub can offer families living in Barking and Dagenham a range of support, we provide information, signposting to other services, carers peer support groups, welfare benefits, dementia training and a day resource centre which offers fun activities, breakfast, three course lunch and afternoon tea. The centre offers a vital break for carers and specialises in supporting people to live well with their dementia.
Please contact us on 0208 593 4422 for more information.
Alzhiemers Uk: www.alzheimers.org.uk