Dementia

Dementia

In the UK alone it is estimated that there are over 1 million dementia sufferers 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.

TheBoldAge editors and writers have pulled together several articles and resources that may help both those with dementia, loved ones, and general support networks. As well as those organisations that wish to promote inclusivity. As with all our topics we will continually add to this resource.

DEMENTIA 24/7 SURVEYTheBoldAge - 2020-07-02
Participate in our first TheBoldPulse survey on 24/7 Dementia Helplines
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THE NEED FOR A 24/7 DEMENTIA HELPLINETheBoldAge 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
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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
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LIFELONG LEARNING HAS NEVER BEEN EASIERTheBoldAge - 2020-06-15
With the explosion in online learning we look at 7 platforms that can be used to facilitate lifelong learning across a variety of subjects.
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ALZHEIMER’S AND LOVEMarion Foreman - 2020-05-29
Marion Foreman talks to Robin Thomson about dementia, love and god
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DEMENTIA AWARENESS: 6 EARLY SIGNS OF DEMENTIA TO LOOK OUT FORLiz 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 JOURNEYNigel Pritchard - 2020-05-01
A group of special golfing friends helped Terry through his difficult journey
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LIVING WITH DEMENTIAMarion Foreman - 2020-04-22
Marion introduces Robin Thomson and his wife Shoko and their Alzheimer journey
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ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE – THE MYTHS AND FACTS EVERYBODY NEEDS TO KNOW ABOUTLiz 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?
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STILL MEMarion Foreman - 2020-04-02
A personal view on the confusion and muddle of life in lockdown
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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.
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LIVING WITH DEMENTIA – A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO YOUR HOME ENVIRONMENTMarion Foreman - 2020-03-15
From the 16th-22nd of March it is Brain Awareness Week:
SOMEBODY I USED TO KNOWMarion Foreman - 2020-03-11
A conversation with the acclaimed author Wendy Mitchell
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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.