Our Organisation

Our people

Information about the organisation:

Who are we

Dementia Prevention UK is a not for profit organisation seeking charity status providing knowledge to the public on cognitive reserve and its role in Dementia prevention.

How are we different

We are a young and small charity with a very large responsibility. Other organisations who work in this arena focus on people who live with Dementia and their communities and finding a cure.

We are the only organisation that provides individuals with education and practical tools to build cognitive reserve and maintain brain health.

Vision

A world where people understand that they have a key role in beating Dementia

Mission

To raise awareness and to educate the public that Dementia is not an inevitable part of ageing. By modifying lifestyle and embracing cognitive stimulating activities, we can reduce the prevalence of Dementia.

Purpose

Dementia Prevention UK promotes dementia prevention. Educating people age 40 and above in the UK in, for the public benefit .We aim to disseminate knowledge and practice of practical activities to build cognitive reserve.

Facts about Dementia:

  • More than 920,000 people in the UK are living with dementia – a number expected to rise to over a million by 2024 (Alzheimer’s Society, 2019).
  • Dementia costs the UK economy about £35 billion in 2019– more than cancer and heart disease combined.
  • An estimated 80 per centof people living in care homes have either dementia or severe memory problems.
  • Deaths due to dementia and Alzheimer’s disease are the leading cause of death.
  • The total number of people with dementia is projected to reach 82 million in 2030 and 152 in 2050 (https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/dementia) not
  • Research suggests that up to 40% of dementia cases could have been prevented if the risk factors were managed.
  • Dementia effects the brain 20 to 30 years before you can feel the symptoms, once you feel the symptoms it is too late. Cognitive stimulation can protect individuals from cognitive decline and keep the mind sharp for longer.

Purpose

Dementia Prevention UK promotes dementia prevention. Educating people age 40 and above in the UK in, for the public benefit .We aim to disseminate knowledge and practice of practical activities to build cognitive reserve.

Facts about Dementia:

  • More than 920,000 people in the UK are living with dementia – a number expected to rise to over a million by 2024 (Alzheimer’s Society, 2019).
  • Dementia costs the UK economy about £35 billion in 2019– more than cancer and heart disease combined.
  • An estimated 80 per centof people living in care homes have either dementia or severe memory problems.
  • Deaths due to dementia and Alzheimer’s disease are the leading cause of death.
  • The total number of people with dementia is projected to reach 82 million in 2030 and 152 in 2050 (https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/dementia) not
  • Research suggests that up to 40% of dementia cases could have been prevented if the risk factors were managed.
  • Dementia effects the brain 20 to 30 years before you can feel the symptoms, once you feel the symptoms it is too late. Cognitive stimulation can protect individuals from cognitive decline and keep the mind sharp for longer.

Our work

Prevention or delay of Dementia can be obtained by correct nutrition, physical exercise and cognitive stimulation. Our cognitive stimulation programme in combination with correct nutrition and physical exercise is currently, we believe, the only research based tool to help the prevention or delay of Dementia.

Outcomes

The advancement of prevention to increase health and save lives thought education and awareness by providing information, advice and carrying out research.

The promotion of brain health of people aged 40 and above in the UK by providing an opportunity to build cognitive reserve through practical participative workshops, education and awareness.

If we act now, by 2050 in the UK, we will see a decline in number of people with a new Dementia diagnosis.

Workshops

Michelle Reshef:

Michelle has a background in social work, specialising in working with people living with Dementia. She has led numerous programmes relating to health and care services for older people and their relatives.

Michelle studied the cognitive, behavioural and social implications of Dementia and developed a prevention approach programme to battle Dementia. Michelle is inspired by her own experience of supporting a close relative who lived with Dementia.

Workshops

Michelle Reshef:

Michelle has a background in social work, specialising in working with people living with Dementia. She has led numerous programmes relating to health and care services for older people and their relatives.

Michelle studied the cognitive, behavioural and social implications of Dementia and developed a prevention approach programme to battle Dementia. Michelle is inspired by her own experience of supporting a close relative who lived with Dementia.

Workshops

Brenda Bloch:

Brenda Bloch has over 30 years’ experience supporting people of all ages with long term and enduring health diagnoses to live full lives within their communities. She has a particular specialism in group facilitation and coaching, with a qualification in coaching and mentoring. Brenda’s clients include Macmillan, Barnet Bereavement Project, Jewish Volunteer Network, Paperweight where she has run courses for service users and providers on issues such as self help for those with cancer, Effective communication skills, an Introduction to Befriending and Team building.

On dementia specifically, Brenda has worked extensively with people with the diagnosis running therapeutic groups using a cognitive stimulation approach that is designed to help maintain cognitive and social ability that will slow the development of the dementia. Through a range of exercises group members are encouraged to work on problem solving and reminiscence in a warm and non-judgmental group. Her work is inspired by the person centred approach that it is important to find the person within and is based on both personal and professional experiences of supporting people with the disease.

Workshops

Contact Us

For more information, please write to us at info@dementiapreventionuk.com

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