Dementia Prevention UK promotes dementia prevention by providing community based education to the public. We aim to promote dementia prevention health literacy through practical tools that help the public to develop and maintain brain health lifestyle.
Educate the public through community work that
1. Dementia is preventable
2. Dementia is not an inevitable part of ageing
3. Early diagnosis can change the trajectory of the disease
Integrity– Our work is inspired by the most recent breakthroughs in the field of dementia science.
Inclusion and diversity– We provide access to knowledge and practical tools for dementia prevention to the public.
Impact– Our community work delivers change and influences people, their families, and their network.
Curiosity– We continue to learn and push ourselves to find new innovative tools to prevent dementia.
Collaboration– We work in collaboration with universities, research bodies, and other charities to bring new knowledge and the best service to our clients.
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 cent of 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)
- 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.