Dementia Action Week 17th - 23rd May 2021

One in three people born in the UK will go on to develop dementia during their lifetime. Dementia is a general term for a decline in mental ability severe enough to interfere with daily life with Alzheimer’s disease being the most common cause.

What is Dementia Awareness Week?

There are 850,000 people living with Dementia in the UK with this set to rise to over one million by 2025. Dementia Action is a national event which sees the UK public taking action to improve the lives of those people affected by dementia. During the week it is encouraged to take time to find out about dementia and make time to do something to be a friend and do something to support someone with Dementia.

What’s the difference between Alzheimer’s and Dementia?

Dementia is a term for a range of progressive conditions which affect the brain. The brain is made up of nerve cells (neurones) that communicate with each other by sending messages. Dementia damages the nerve cells in the brain so messages can’t be sent effectively, which prevents the brain from functioning normally.

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