The word dementia describes a set of symptoms that may include memory loss and difficulties with thinking, problem-solving, language, mood changes and/or behavioural changes. Dementia is caused when the brain is damaged by disease such as vascular Dementia and Alzheimer’s, to name only two types. Although, we do have to remember it can affect every one of us differently.
TALKING ABOUT DEMENTIA
We have to realise that the more we talk openly about dementia the more we will learn about and understand dementia, it will help us recognise signs and symptoms more readily and find treatment and care more quickly. It is also important to mention early onset dementia, which is another challenge to all concerned, in the past we have associated dementia with the elderly, this is changing fast and we now have a younger age group of people who also need a lot of help in the form of services, care and housing adapted for younger people.
ACTION FOR DEMENTIA
It’s time to TAKE ACTION and SHOUT about dementia, we need more services, more specially trained, properly paid dementia carers, we need more help for family members and friends of people with dementia and we also desperately need specialist housing(not care homes)/dementia villages(see “This really is the way forward” page). Research into treatment and care of dementia is another key area that is seriously underfunded, we want to be able to support more action in this area as well.
There are now more than an estimated 850,000 people with some form of dementia in this country alone, more than 44 million worldwide. Care is at crisis point throughout the country and the NHS, GP’s, councils, and the various organisations cannot cope on their own.
Money is needed to back up existing services and provide new ones for an ever increasing population with this debilitating and misunderstood condition. Money is also needed for specialist training for those people working with dementia so that care improves and more is available.
Accommodation is another area that needs considerable investment and we plan to campaign on this issue in the very near future.
WILL YOU take ACTION with us, your donations and support are what will make us successful in driving our mission forward, and we want to make a difference, a BIG difference.
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