Event date: 03/05/2017
News date: 21 Apr
Whatever you want to do, concerns you have or support you need, there are a wealth of organisations and charities that can help. Have a look at what's available here.
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The word 'dementia' covers a range of disorders affecting the brain. It comes in different forms, the commonest being Alzheimer's disease and vascular disease.
Symptoms include loss of memory, confusion, and changes in personality, mood and behaviour. Experiencing these symptoms can also cause people with dementia to be afraid, anxious, depressed, frustrated or angry.
The ability of people with dementia to look after themselves can become increasingly affected, and they can become increasingly unsafe when by themselves as their ability to make everyday decisions becomes affected.
Dementia usually affects older people and becomes more common with age, although it can develop in younger people. It is important to remember that developing dementia is not a normal part of growing old and that only a minority of older people are affected. At the same more people are now affected by dementia than before because we are living longer.
It is also important to remember that whilst you may feel you are having problems with your memory or other age-related issues, this does not necessarily mean that you are getting dementia.
There are a number of different types of dementia, and some are more common than others. The three most common are Alzheimer's disease, vascular dementia, and dementia with Lewy bodies:
A form of dementia where proteins form in the brain as 'tangles' and 'plaques' which cause brain cells to die. When brain cells die, it affects how the brain functions, which is why people with Alzheimer's disease have problems with their memory and mood. This is the most common form of dementia.
A dementia which is caused by a disruption to the blood flow in the brain. The brain needs a constant supply of blood to function, so if this is interrupted, the brain doesn't work as well. This disruption could be caused by high blood pressure, small vessel disease, high cholesterol, diabetes or a stroke. This is the second most common type of dementia.
Dementia with Lewy bodies is a type of dementia that causes symptoms like those found in Alzheimer's as well as those of Parkinson's disease. People with dementia with Lewy bodies may also suffer from sleep problems and hallucinations. These symptoms are caused by tiny sphere-shaped proteins which develop in the brain cells. Dementia with Lewy bodies accounts for ten per cent of cases of dementia.
The Lewy Body Society offers specialist advice and information on dementia with Lewy bodies.
Frontotemporal dementia is a rare type of dementia caused by a build-up of abnormal proteins in the brain.
It tends to affect the frontal and temporal lobes of the brain (the front and sides) in particular, and often starts at a younger age than usually seen in Alzheimer's disease.
It can have various symptoms, but can in particular affect a person's behaviour, causing them to be impulsive or to act inappropriately with those around them, or to become more withdrawn.
The Frontotemporal Dementia Support Group offers support for carers who are coping with behavioural changes in a partner, family member or friend as a result of frontotemporal dementia.
If you are concerned that you or someone you know are developing memory problems, or are feeling more confused, then go to our Worried about your memory? page for advice on what to do.
If you look after a relative or friend with dementia then you can go to our section on Looking after someone for more information on the help available to you. In particular you may find useful to look at the pages which summarise all of the main support for carers available in your local area.
And remember that you can request a carer's assessment from your local council.
The Admiral Nurses provide information, practical advice and emotional support for people who care for a relative or friend who has dementia:
The Alzheimer's Society is a national organisation which works to improve the quality of life of people affected by dementia in England, Wales and Northern Ireland:Tel: 020 7423 3500Email:firstname.lastname@example.orgThe Alzheimer's Society's National Dementia Helpline can offer advice or answer questions you have about dementia, and is usually open 7 days per week - tel 0300 222 1122.
The Alzheimers Research UK website offers advice the different types of dementia.
Age UK offer useful information and ideas for people affected by dementia. They also run some local services and have many activities during the day at local centres to help people stay active and part of the community.
The Independent Age website provides leaflets on Memory Loss, Depression, 'Confusion' and Dementia (guide 9) and Living with dementia (guide 9a).
The NHS Choices website contains various information on dementia.
The Dementia Friends programme is the biggest ever initiative to change people's perceptions of dementia. It aims to transform the way people think, talk and act about the condition.Whether you attend a face-to-face session or watch the online video, Dementia Friends is about learning more about dementia and the small ways you can help. From telling friends about the Dementia Friends programme to visiting someone you know living with dementia, every action counts.
Dementia UK is a national charity committed to improving the life of all people affected by dementia:-
Tel: 0845 257 9406Email: email@example.com
The Which website offers advice on all aspects of living with memory loss or dementia.
The Easy Health website has gathered together various easy-read leaflets which will help people with learning disabilities to understand more about dementia.
The Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) has produced a film which reminds us that although dementia causes the loss of some abilities, people's feelings remain intact. The people in this film talk about their emotions, and give a deeply moving and personal insight into an often overlooked aspect of the condition.
The My Ageing Parent website has put together ten top tips for looking after a relative with dementia.