Dementia in the UK
Dementia is a global concern but it is most often seen in wealthier countries, where people are likely to live into very old age.
The Alzheimer’s Society (2015) reports there are over 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK today. Of these, approximately, 42,000 are people with young onset dementia, which affects people under the age of 65. As a person’s age increases, so does the risk of them developing dementia. It is estimated that the number of people living with dementia in the UK by 2025 will rise to over 1 million. Rates of diagnosis are improving but many people with dementia are thought to still be undiagnosed.
Time for a cuppa
As Dementia UK celebrated the 10th Anniversary of its’ ‘Time for a Cuppa’ campaign last week – which encourages people to take time out, spend time together and spread awareness about dementia – we take a look at the valuable work it does for many throughout the UK.
Dementia UK provides specialist dementia support for families via its’ Admiral Nurse service. When things get challenging or difficult for people with dementia and their families, these nurses
work alongside them, giving them the one-to-one support, expert guidance and practical solutions they need. The unique dementia expertise and experience an Admiral Nurse brings is a lifeline–it
helps everyone in the family to live more positively with dementia in the present, and to face the challenges of tomorrow with more confidence and less fear.
Dementia UK runs a national Admiral Nurse Dementia Helpline. It is staffed by experienced Admiral Nurses and is for family and professional carers, people with dementia and those worried about their memory.
Admiral Nurses provide the one-to-one specialist dementia support that families need:
- if communication gets hard, they are on hand with the skills and techniques to help families stay connected to the person they love
- if someone with dementia is showing signs of fear or distress, they will work with families to find the best ways of preventing or managing this
- if families are struggling to cope, they will be there to help them get their loved one the best possible care
- if families have questions they can’t get answered, they will take the time to really understand the problem, and give them the support they need to tackle it
For further information call 0800 888 6678 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.