Navigating the world of dementia

January 5, 2021 4:58 pm

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Dementia is a disease that we are seeing more often partly due to the fact we are an ageing population (although dementia doesn’t just occur in the elderly and isn’t an inevitable part of ageing) but also because we have a much better understanding of the disease and ways in which we can identify the startings of dementia.

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Often people with dementia will end up needing extra support, potentially from a Live in Care Cheltenham company in order to remain in their own homes for as long as possible.

Dementia is an umbrella term for many memory-affecting disorders, other cognitive abilities and actions that greatly interfere with the ability of a person to manage their daily living activities. While age is the greatest recognised dementia risk factor, it is not a natural part of ageing.

Dementia is a condition triggered by a number of brain disorders that impair memory, perception, behaviour and the ability to perform daily tasks, typically of a chronic or progressive nature.

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It is currently predicted that the number of people living with dementia worldwide is 50 million and will almost triple by 2050.

Not only for the people who have it, but also for their carers and families, dementia is daunting. In most countries, there is a lack of knowledge and comprehension of dementia, resulting in stigmatisation, obstacles to diagnosis and treatment, and mentally, psychologically and economically affecting carers, families and communities.