The Alzheimer’s Society UK celebrates
Cup Cake Day on – 17th of June.
The focus is to help raise money to aid in the fight against dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Cupcake day is all about gathering with the ones you love over tea and cake to help raise funding and awareness.
So why not pop the kettle on and enjoy a cupcake or two with a loved one
On average, 2 out of 4 people globally have little to no understanding of Alzheimer’s disease and associated dementia. In the UK 1 in 14 people are living with dementia (Alzheimer’s Society Study, 2019).
Today we want to take some time to help raise awareness and a better understanding. Let’s dive in and talk about the differences between Alzheimer’s and dementia, the possible symptoms, and where you can go for help.
Dementia describes a number of possible symptoms associated with the decline in our memory, reasoning, and other thinking skills.
There are various types of dementia, and a wide number of conditions cause it. Dementia is not a normal part of aging.
It can be caused by damage to our brain cells, and this can affect their ability to communicate, and this will affect our way of thinking, behavior, and feelings.
Alzheimer’s is the most common cause of dementia and accounts for 60-80% of dementia cases.
Understanding Alzheimer’s Disease:
Alzheimer’s is a deteriorating brain disease that can happen because of complex brain changes after cell damage. It can lead to dementia symptoms that can worsen over time.
Early signs can include having trouble with remembering new information because it can affect that part of the brain associate with learning first. Sadly, there is no to prevent, slow down or even cure Alzheimer’s.
Important Note: Alzheimer’s is a specific disease. Dementia is not!
- Difficulty remembering new information
- Difficulty in completing what was once a familiar task
- Confusion with time and location
- Difficulty with problem-solving
- Misplacing items
- Poor judgment
- Withdrawal from social activities
- Having trouble with images and spaces
- Issues with words
- Unfounded emotions
The best course of action for you or someone you know who is showing signs of Alzheimer’s is to visit your doctor. They will have all the information and guide you through each step of diagnosis and treatment.
If it is a positive diagnosis, they will be able to share with you all the best supports out there. One of which is the Alzheimer’s Society UK.
Alzheimer’s Society UK:
The Alzheimer’s Society’s main aim is to have no one facing dementia alone. They now offer a wide range of support services to ensure no one has to:
Dementia Connect Service:
Here there are options for face-to-face and telephone support with online advice and information offered by dementia-trained advisers.
The advisers will help you or a loved one take back control of your life and remain independent for longer.
There are support groups that can help you or your loved one improve their confidence and motivation, provide reassurance and get the right advice from skilled staff.
There are national services available to help:
- National Dementia helpline – This service is open 7 days a week and can offer information, advice, and emotional support. Call – 0300 222 11 22
- Talking Point – The Alzheimer’s Society’s online community where you can ask questions, share experiences and get information and tips on living with dementia. It’s free to use and open 24/7.
- Support Services Near You: The Alzheimer’s Society offers a comprehensive directory that allows you to find advice and information. All you need to do is enter your postcode or location to find one near you.
Safety & Independence at Home:
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