The Facts Behind Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia

The facts behind Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia: (1)

  • There are 850,000 people diagnosed with dementia in the UK, with numbers set to rise to over one million by 2025.
  • It is estimated that 45% of people with dementia, have not been diagnosed yet.
  • Women are twice as likely to develop dementia as are men.
  • 225,000 people will develop dementia this year, that’s one every three minutes.
  • Two thirds of the cost of dementia is paid for by people with dementia and their families
  • Unpaid carers supporting someone with dementia save the UK economy £11 billion a year.
  • Worldwide, another 7.7 million people will develop dementia every year.

Symptoms can include:

  • Changes in behaviour, mood and communication capacities
  • Impaired judgement and reasoning
  • Short term memory loss although long term memory can still be very stable (2)
  • Research carried out by the Alzheimer Society found that 64% of people with dementia felt isolated from friends and family following diagnosis. Spending time with loved ones and taking part in meaningful activities can have a powerful and positive impact on that person. The findings clearly showed a need for people to spend more time with relatives with the condition in order to prevent loneliness (3)

Sources:

(1)Alzheimers’ Society UK 2016
(2)The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health Canada, Government of Canada
(3)Press Association/Alzheimers Society Published 1 January 2016

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