Written By Eve Crabtree, Contributing Writer for InFluential Magazine
Dementia is a disease that affects over 45 million people across the globe – a figure that is set to rise significantly over the next three decades. Unfortunately, not many people understand the impact that dementia has on the sufferers and their loved ones. So, here’s what you need to know…
What actually is dementia?
The term ‘dementia’ refers to a number of symptoms such as memory loss and personality changes that contribute to a decline in brain health during the aging process. Eventually, these symptoms can have a detrimental impact on an individual’s daily life and usually lead to death.
There is no cure for dementia; however, there are medications and therapies readily available that can slow down its affects.
How many types of dementia are there?
The most common type of dementia is Alzheimer’s disease which affects around 62% of worldwide dementia sufferers. However, there are also 5 other types which are:
- Vascular dementia
- Dementia with lewy bodies
- Parkinson’s disease dementia
- Frontotemporal dementia
- Mixed dementia
What are some of the most common dementia symptoms?
Out of the 6 types of dementia, there are a variety of symptoms that commonly affect the majority of dementia sufferers, regardless of which type they have been diagnosed with. These symptoms include:
- Short term memory problems
- Repeatedly asking the same questions
- Difficulty finding the right words or understanding certain words
- Difficulty with numbers and money
- Becoming anxious and withdrawn
- Personality changes
- Difficulty with attention span and tasks that require focus
- Mood changes
- Problems with movement
- Becoming obsessive
Dealing with dementia: Our infographic
In order to highlight the true affects that dementia really has on the global population, and to offer some top tips on spotting the signs and dealing with a diagnosis, we’ve created an infographic. It contains some shocking statistics about the disease whilst walking you through the entire process of recognising the signs to coping with the aftermath.
Check it out below.