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.