The Truth Behind Alzheimer’s Disease
September marks this year’s World Alzheimer’s Month. Here at Liquid, we are looking forward to helping raise awareness by bringing you articles, interviews and key facts throughout the month, shedding some light on the life-changing disease.
What is Alzheimer’s?
Alzheimer’s is a neurodegenerative form of dementia that starts off mildly and progressively gets worse, causing a person’s brain cells to deteriorate. Once a person has dementia, they begin to experience memory loss and cognitive decline.
Alzheimer’s is currently the most common form of dementia and it’s important to remember that it does not discriminate. However, a person over 65 is more likely to be affected and it tends to affect slightly more women than men.
Did you know?
- Today, in the UK there are currently 850,000 people suffering from dementia
- 60% of people receiving home-care services are living with dementia
- The prevalence of dementia in care homes has risen from 56% in 2002 to 70% in 2013
- 311,730 people with dementia are living in care homes; 57.9% of these are in residential care homes and 42.1% are in nursing homes
- In England and Wales, the number of people living with dementia who need palliative care will almost quadruple by 2040
In the past there has been a great deal of stigma surrounding dementia and those who suffer from it. However, previous misconceptions have thankfully begun to decline, in particular since the 1990’s, as this is when the first drug treatments became available.
Although there is more understanding, there is still an element of fear surrounding Alzheimer’s. According to Alzheimer’s Research UK (2017):
- 39% of people under 60 and 52% of people over 60 said that Alzheimer’s is the disease they are most concerned about
- Alzheimer’s is the most feared disease for people aged 60 and above
- As a result of this, 40% of people have said that they would adopt a healthier lifestyle in order to reduce their risk of developing dementia
If you want further information about Alzheimer’s disease, then follow the link below and head on over to the official Alzheimer’s Society Website.
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