Dementia is an umbrella term used to describe the condition where a person suffers from loss of cognitive capacity, and displays changes in behaviour and abilities.
Some of the known types of Dementia are Alzheimer’s disease which is the most common cause, followed by Vascular Dementia, Dementia with Lewy bodies and Fronto-Temporal Dementia.
Facts about Dementia:
- In the UK Dementia is the number 2 cause of death after Cancer.
- In the UK, every 3 seconds, a person is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.
- An estimated 10.5m people in Europe live with Dementia, with the number expected to increase to 13.4m by 2030.
- Worldwide, women with dementia outnumber men 2 to 1
- Dementia cannot be identified by memory loss or Biomarkers alone, which makes it complicated to diagnose. Sufficient evidence is needed to make a diagnosis and by that time, there is little that can be done.
- There is no cure.
- It is such a complicated and deceitful disease that it will take years of research before a cure is found.
It’s not all doom and gloom. There is much that can be done to prevent or delay Dementia through persistent and steady cognitive and physical exercise.
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