Dementia is on the rise
There are 850,000 people with dementia in the UK, with numbers set to rise to over 1 million by 2025, according to the Alzheimer’s Society. Millions more family and friends will also be affected by the disease. That's why the Alzheimer's Society is calling everyone to unite against dementia.
Dementia is not a natural part of getting older
Symptoms of dementia, such as memory loss, are often associated with getting older, but dementia is not a natural or inevitable part of ageing. Dementia is a disease which affects the brain, causing nerve cells to die and changing the brain’s chemistry and structure.
Dementia can affect younger people too. Around 40,000 people aged under 65 have dementia in the UK.
Dementia isn’t just about memory loss
Memory loss is one of the most commonly recognised symptoms of dementia, but it is not the only one. Common symptoms of dementia may include trouble focusing, struggling with familiar daily tasks, problems recalling words or following a conversation, loss of spatial awareness and mood changes: learn more.
If you think you or someone you know may be showing symptoms of dementia, talk to your GP.
Carers are picking up the cost
The cost of caring for someone with dementia is high, and carers generally pick up the bill. Unpaid carers supporting someone with dementia save the economy £11 billion a year.
But whilst carers are saving the state millions, they are too often left to struggle on without support. Looking after someone with dementia can be mentally and emotionally draining, especially if you don't have the time to take care of your own needs.
Too many carers take on dementia alone
Caring for someone with dementia can be challenging, and too many carers face the task alone. That's why the Carers Support Centre is here to support carers in Croydon looking after someone with dementia. If you need information and support, get in touch.
Further information and support
Croydon Alzheimer’s Society (020 8653 2818)
Local branch of Alzheimer’s Society, providing information, advice and support to people with dementia and their families in Croydon.
Alzheimer’s Society (0300 222 1122)
National organisation for people with dementia and their families. Provides online information, national dementia helpline and publications.