Dementia

    Dementia

    Introduction

    TheBoldAge team and friends have pulled together a series of articles surrounding dementia. Shining a light on the positive and uplifting, the challenges, the facts and we hope, as result, busting a few myths along the way. Wherever we can, we involve people living, day to day, with dementia who can talk more eloquently about their own experiences whether they are the person living with dementia, a loved one, or a family or professional carer. In the short-time we have been building this topic, we have quickly come to realise that everyone's experience, albeit individual, has so much value in helping us all, and we do mean all of us, to squeeze every last ounce we possibly can from life. As with all our topic areas we will be continually adding to this resource and we hope you find it of value.

    Some facts

    In the UK alone it is estimated that there are over 1 million people living with dementia and 44 million worldwide. Which by any measure makes it one of the key health priorities, globally. Dementia is not just one disorder, it is a term used to describe a range of progressive neurological disorders affecting the brain. In fact, there are over 200 subtypes of dementia, though we commonly hear most about: Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia, dementia with Lewy bodies, frontotemporal dementia. Some individuals may have a combination of different types of dementia, often called mixed dementia.The brain is made up of a host of nerve cells (called neurones) these communicate with each other by sending messages. What Dementia does is damage these nerve cells corrupting the messages so they cannot be sent from and to the brain effectively. This in turn disrupts the normal operation of the body. It’s important to realise that there is no one common path that everyone goes through, regardless of what part of the brain is impacted or the type of dementia, each individual will experience dementia differently and in their unique way.
    OUT OF HOURS DEMENTIA SUPPORT IS ESSENTIAL
    Nigel Pritchard - 2021-02-24

    TheBoldAge takes a look at the desperate need for a 24-hour 7 day a week dementia helpline

    AN EXTRACT FROM THE BOOK 'SLOW PUNCTURE'
    Peter Berry and Deb Bunt - 2021-02-17

    Deb Bunt and Peter Berry have kindly allowed TheBoldAge to feature an extract from their brilliant and inspirational book 'Slow Puncture'

    MY WORST NIGHTMARE
    Deb Bunt - 2021-02-08

    Author Deb Bunt discusses her phobia of reading out loud made worse by her Co-Author Peter Berry hanging on her every word for dear life

    AS THE LOCKDOWNS CONTINUE INTO A SECOND YEAR, ARE YOU A WORRIED DEMENTIA CARER?
    Abi Jackson - 2021-01-22

    The pandemic restrictions might be causing a lot of worry for carers right now. TheBoldAge finds out more.

    NEW DRUG IS SHOWING POSITIVE SIGNS OF BEING ABLE TO SLOW DOWN ALZHEIMER’S
    Nigel Pritchard - 2021-01-13

    The findings from Eli Lilly & Co., show the importance of research into all dementia conditions

    A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE REDUCES YOUR DEMENTIA RISK
    Steve Foreman - 2020-12-22

    A Study from Finland looks at the linkage between cardiovascular health and dementia

    A PERSONAL AND HEARTFELT STORY: MUSIC & MY MAM
    Clare Louise Childs - 2020-12-15

    ‘How Music has helped me cope…by helping others‘

    RUTH LANGSFORD: 8 TIPS FOR FAMILIES LIVING WITH DEMENTIA THIS CHRISTMAS
    Liz Connor - 2020-12-10

    The TV host knows it can be a challenging time of year. She tells TheBoldAge what helped make it easier for her family.

    DEB BUNT REFLECTS ON THE FRIENDSHIP SHE AND PETER BERRY, WHO IS LIVING WITH DEMENTIA, HAVE
    Deb Bunt and Pete Berry - 2020-12-08

    Peter’s life changes when, at the age of fifty, he is given a terminal diagnosis of early onset dementia. Since that day, he has learned to live with his very own ‘dementia monster’.

    THEBOLDAGE TAKES A LOOK AT SOME OF THE RESEARCH THAT LINKS AIR POLLUTION AND ALZHEIMER’S
    Steve Foreman - 2020-12-05

    Being passionate about the environment is healthy to. Studies draw a link between Alzheimer’s and pollution

    THE GOVERNMENT NEEDS TO HONOUR ITS COMMITMENTS
    Nigel Pritchard - 2020-12-05

    One of the government’s election promises was to double the investment in research into dementia. Now more than ever they need to honour it

    FAITH MEETS ALZHEIMER'S
    Robin Thomson - 2020-11-18

    Robin discusses a very personal view about the faith he shared with Shoko who was living with alzheimer's

    FAITH WHEN YOU LOSE YOUR PARENTS
    Robin Thomson - 2020-10-23

    Shoko Thomson, who died living with Alzheimers, wrote this account in 2012, the year she was diagnosed

    INFLAMMATORY BOWEL DISEASE LINKED TO DEMENTIA – WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?
    Lisa Salmon - 2020-09-25

    New research says people with IBD have double the risk of developing dementia.

    MY DAD DIDN’T HAVE DEMENTIA, BUT THE POWER OF MUSIC STILL SPOKE TO HIM
    Grace Meadows - 2020-09-23

    Grace Meadows is Programme Director for Music for Dementia, a national campaign leading the call to make music freely available for everyone living with dementia

    DEMENTIA AND WORLD MUSIC
    TheBoldAge - 2020-09-21

    On World Alzheimer's Day we take a quick look at the impact of music on dementia and alzheimer's disease

    STUDY FINDS DEMENTIA RISK INCREASED IN PTSD SUFFERERS
    TheBoldAge - 2020-09-17

    But early treatment shows that the potential risk of developing dementia is significantly reduced

    EVERYBODY LIVES BY FAITH
    Robin Thomson - 2020-09-08

    Here is the next in our series by Robin Thomson, who in this article introduces his series on faith

    ROBIN THOMSON EXPLORES: WHAT WE DID GET RIGHT
    Robin Thomson - 2020-08-31

    The second article from our guest writer, Robin Thomson who reflects on his wife's Shoko's journey with Alzheimer's

    ROBIN THOMSON: WHAT I WISH WE HAD KNOWN
    Robin Thomson - 2020-08-27

    When my wife, Shoko, was diagnosed with Alzheimer's, we had no idea what lay ahead. Here are some of my reflections.

    NEW ELECTRICAL STIMULATION THERAPY ENTERING TRIALS FOR THE TREATMENT OF ALZHEIMER’S
    TheBoldAge - 2020-08-27

    Scientists, from Imperial College London and the Dementia Research Institute to begin trials

    TERESA BERRY'S JOURNEY WITH FOOD AND BATTLING THE SUGAR MONSTER
    Deb Bunt and Teresa Berry - 2020-08-26

    Healthier, fitter and happier, how food and exercise has helped bring a new balance

    NUTRITION AND DEMENTIA: 5 FOODIE THOUGHTS
    Marion Foreman - 2020-08-22

    Research shows a healthy lifestyle lessens your chances of developing dementia or helps in slowing it's progression if you do get it.

    CORONAVIRUS CRISIS: 52% EXCESS DEATHS IN WALES AND ENGLAND OF THOSE LIVING WITH DEMENTIA.
    Nigel Pritchard - 2020-08-13

    The statistics lay bare the urgent and critical need for additional support, including a national 24-hour 7 day a week helpline and support platform. We don’t have to see the same number of excess deaths in future.

    DEMENTIA 24/7 SURVEY
    TheBoldAge - 2020-08-10

    TheBoldPulse Survey - the need for a 24 hour 7 day a week national dementia helpline

    DEMENTIA AND THE POWER OF MUSIC
    TheBoldAge - 2020-08-04

    TheBoldAge talks to Grace Meadows, Programme Director for Music for Dementia about why she believes so passionately in the power of music for people living with dementia, how you can help others to enjoy music and why their new radio station is hitting the right notes.

    INTRODUCING PETE BERRY, A TRUE CYCLING BOLDIE WHO REFUSES TO BE DEFINED BY EARLY ONSET DEMENTIA
    Deb Bunt and Pete Berry - 2020-07-17

    “When I cycle, I leave my dementia at home. I become who I was, not who I am.”

    THE NEED FOR A 24/7 DEMENTIA HELPLINE
    TheBoldAge and Derek Fisher - 2020-06-20

    TheBoldAge talks to Derek Fisher an active blogger and speaker with a keen interest in mental health and dementia, who has been investigating the need for an around the clock dementia helpline

    PIPPA KELLY - WELL I KNOW NOW....
    Pippa Kelly - 2020-06-17

    Pippa Kelly is an award-winning dementia campaigner, blogger and author, and host of the podcast, Well I Know Now

    ALZHEIMER’S AND LOVE
    Marion Foreman - 2020-05-29

    Marion Foreman talks to Robin Thomson about dementia, love and god

    DEMENTIA AWARENESS: 6 EARLY SIGNS OF DEMENTIA TO LOOK OUT FOR
    Liz C - 2020-05-11

    Dementia Awareness Week has moved to later in the year due to the current lockdown. Here TheBoldAge looks at the early symptoms of dementia that can creep up slowly on families

    ALZHEIMERS: A GOLFING JOURNEY
    Nigel Pritchard - 2020-05-01

    A group of special golfing friends helped Terry through his difficult journey

    LIVING WITH DEMENTIA
    Marion Foreman - 2020-04-22

    Marion introduces Robin Thomson and his wife Shoko and their Alzheimer journey

    ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE – THE MYTHS AND FACTS EVERYBODY NEEDS TO KNOW ABOUT
    Liz Connor - 2020-04-21

    It’s the most common form of dementia and rates are rising, but how much do you really know about this complex neurological disease?

    DEMENTIA: THERE IS A FUNNY SIDE!
    Marion Foreman and Wendy Mitchell - 2020-03-18

    Wendy Mitchell has kindly allowed us to use an extract from her hugely powerful book.

    LIVING WITH DEMENTIA – A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO YOUR HOME ENVIRONMENT
    Marion Foreman - 2020-03-15

    From the 16th-22nd of March it is Brain Awareness Week:

    SOMEBODY I USED TO KNOW
    Marion Foreman - 2020-03-11

    A conversation with the acclaimed author Wendy Mitchell

    LIVING WITH DEMENTIA – WHAT CAN HELP?
    Marion Foreman - 2020-02-21

    3 proactive tips to help those diagnosed with dementia

    WHAT IS DEMENTIA?
    Marion Foreman - 2020-01-27

    What is dementia? Let's demystify this cluster of diseases, and help ourselves and those around us as we strive to make sense of new realities.

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