IntroductionTheBoldAge 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 factsIn 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.
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