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.
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.
Like with any period of our lives, what we are faced with, be that opportunities or challenges, is quite often different from what has gone before and certainly varied.
This is no different as we enter our 50’s and beyond. Here with the help of legal experts, such as Ashfords LLP, a nationwide provider of legal, professional, and regulatory services, we provide some useful guidance on the types of things we may all be facing.
Mental wellbeing describes our mental state at any point in time. How we are coping with everyday life and generally how we are feeling. As we all know this ebbs and flows depending on any number of factors, be that the change in seasons, tiredness, workload and relationships to name but a few.
A positive mental state encourages us to: feel engaged with the world around us, to live and work productively, to strike up new relationships and maintain older ones and generally be able to express a range of emotions. Furthermore, it supports confidence and a general feeling of positivity and self-esteem, allowing us to be flexible and cope with changing circumstances and uncertainty.
Everyone is different and as in life, what influences and impacts one person does not necessarily translate to another. However, what we can be certain of, is that the majority, if not all, of us have had times where we feel stressed, anxious, upset, or find it difficult to cope.
Here we at TheBoldAge have curated (and will continue to add to) several articles and resources that may provide some useful help and guidance on this important topic.
Sleep is an important part of our everyday life and essential for a long and healthy life. We spend about a third of our time doing it, and having the right quality, duration and at the right time is as essential for our wellbeing as food and water. The NHS estimates that “one in 3 of us suffers from poor sleep, with stress, computers and taking work home often blamed.”
Whilst many of us would recognise the hallmarks of a bad night’s sleep as causing tiredness and an increase in irritability, or rather as my wife says, grumpiness; the impact of poor sleep on an ongoing basis could be much worse. It could lead to several medical conditions, including obesity, heart disease and diabetes and possible even shorten your life expectancy.
TheBoldAge editors have pulled together a number of curated articles and resources from earlier weekly editions, that may help you enjoy regular and better sleep.