Dementia is caused by a number of diseases that affect the brain. The most common is Alzheimer's but diseases also include vascular dementia, dementia with Lewy bodies and Pick's disease.
Different types of dementia affect the brain at different rates and in different ways, but other things like someone's personal circumstances, the people around them and the environment in which they live, will affect their experience of dementia. Dementia progresses in a way that is unique to each individual.
It is true that more people over 65 have dementia but it is not exclusively an older person's disease; younger people get dementia too.
Five things you need to know about dementia:
- Dementia is not a natural part of the ageing process.
- Dementia is caused by diseases of the brain.
- It is not just about losing your memory.
- It's possible to live well with it.
- There is more to the person than the dementia.
At SWHW, we are Dementia Champions and can provide one hour awareness sessions at your school. Follow the link in the Agencies tab for more information and to book a session.
What is a Dementia Friend?
A Dementia Friend learns a little bit more about what it's like to live with dementia and then turns that understanding into action - anyone of any age can be a Dementia Friend. Whether you attend a face-to-face Dementia Friends Information Session or watch our online video, Dementia Friends is about learning more about dementia and the small ways you can help. From telling friends about Dementia Friends to visiting someone you know living with dementia, every action counts.
Dementia Friends Information Sessions are run by volunteer Dementia Friends Champions, who are trained and supported by Alzheimer’s Society. Each Information Session lasts around one hour. You will learn more about dementia and how you can help to create dementia friendly communities. To become a Dementia Friend and to have an information session run at your school contact Karen Keast at firstname.lastname@example.org
More Information can be found using the following:
Alzheimers Society- Call our Helpline number on 0300 222 11 22 or use the Live Online Advice service for dementia information and support.
NHS Choices- A dementia diagnosis can come as a shock to the person with the condition and those around them. However, there are sources of help and support for everyone involved. It's natural to worry about the future, but it’s important to remember that you're not alone. The NHS, social services and voluntary organisations can provide advice and support.
Age UK- It has an extensive range of information on Alzheimer’s disease, other types of dementia and on emotional and practical issues that people with dementia and their families often encounter. It also offers helpline support and an email enquiry service. There are over 240 groups who can offer practical and emotional support at a local level and signpost to local services. Age UK Advice: 0800 169 6565
Self Help Resources
Caring for someone with Dementia - Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia impacts every aspect of your daily life. As an Alzheimer’s patient loses one ability after another, a caregiver faces tests of stamina, problem solving, and resiliency. Maintaining your emotional and physical fitness is crucial, not just for you but also for the person you’re caring for. Preparing yourself, understanding your loved one’s experience, and seeking support from others can help you succeed on the caregiving journey.