Did you know that there are over 50,000 people living with dementia in Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex, with 1,600 people living in Ipswich alone? It is likely that you know someone who has been affected by this disease and in some cases you may not even realise.
Dementia isn’t just about forgetting your telephone number or the name of your next door neighbour, it’s a disease caused by changes to the structure and chemistry of a person’s brain.
Dementia describes a set of symptoms that may include memory loss, but can also cause difficulty concentrating, with thinking, planning, problem solving or communicating and having conversations. It can also have an impact on a person’s mood or behaviour.
Dementia doesn't just affect older people. Over 40,000 younger people in the UK have dementia.
The Alxheimer's Society have a handy guide explaining '5 things you should know about dementia'. This booklet explains the following five points in more detail.
- Dementia is not a natural part of ageing
- Dementia is caused by diseases of the brain
- It’s not just about losing your memory
- It’s possible to live well with dementia
- There’s more to a person than the dementia
It can be downloaded here.