This week, from 16th-22nd May, is Dementia Awareness Week. The event is run annually by the Alzheimer’s Society and this year’s theme is diagnosis.
Dementia affects so many of us, with 34.5 million people knowing someone who lives with dementia in the UK, and 1 in 3 of us will go on to develop dementia in our lifetime. This would mean that there would be 1 million people living with dementia by 2025, which would make dementia care one of the greatest challenges facing our society.
The Alzheimer’s Society wants to encourage those who might be living with, or close to someone who might be living with, undiagnosed dementia to:
- Understand and recognise potential dementia symptoms
- Go to them for guidance and support
- Feel empowered to take the next step
- Improve the diagnosis process for both them and healthcare professionals
What is dementia?
Dementia affects the memory, with symptoms that create problems with language, thinking, behaviour, mood, and emotions. It’s a progressive disease, so the symptoms are usually mild at first.
Dementia is caused when a disease damages nerve cells in the brain, and this prevents the nerve cells from being able to carry messages between different parts of the brain and body.
There are different types of dementia, but Alzheimer’s disease is the most common, followed by vascular dementia. It is possible to have mixed dementia, too, where someone has symptoms of more than one type.
The 4 main types are:
- Alzheimer’s Disease – the first signs are problems with memory, thinking, language, or perception.
- Vascular Dementia – early signs include problems with planning or organising, making decisions, or solving problems.
- Dementia with Lewy bodies (LBD) – this is caused by Lewy body Disease. Symptoms include difficulties staying focussed, experiencing delusions, and problems with movement and sleep. It is related to Parkinson’s Disease.
- Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD) – this is one of the less common types, with symptoms including changes to personality and behaviour and difficulties with language.
What we offer at Clarity Homecare
We offer Dementia Care at Clarity Homecare, to help your loved ones maintain their quality of life whilst they’re going through changes. Seeing a friendly and familiar face can really act as a large support for someone with dementia, and our carers are all well-trained to be able to notice early changes and act accordingly.
Our Dementia Care covers the following (but isn’t limited to):
- Memory boxes or books
- Companionship and social outings
- Medication reminders
- Symptom management
- Personal Care
- Catheter Care and Continence Management
- Meal Preparation
- Household chores
- Regular exercise routine
You can call us on 01623 332006 or visit our website to find your local office and enquire about our services for your loved one.
For further information about Dementia Awareness Week, visit this website.