Dementia Action Week
This event aims to encourage people to take action to improve the lives of those affected by dementia, working to create a dementia-friendly environment in which those with dementia do not feel excluded.
Dementia is an umbrella term for a range of progressive conditions that occur when these neurons are damaged as a result of which messages cannot be sent from and to the brain effectively, preventing the body from functioning normally.
Dementia can affect a person at any age but it is more commonly diagnosed in people over the age of 65 years. A person who develops dementia before age 65 is said to have young onset dementia.
Persons affected by dementia experience a variety of symptoms that include memory loss and difficulties with thinking, problem-solving, language; and changes in mood and behaviour.
Specific symptoms will depend on the parts of the brain that are damaged and the disease that is causing the dementia. The symptoms gradually get worse over time although this varies from person to person.
Treatments for dementia include medication to stop the progression of symptoms. Other things that can help with symptoms of dementia include cognitive stimulation such as doing word puzzles or discussing current affairs, life story work that involves sharing memories and experiences with a carer or nurse to create a ‘life story book’, keeping as active as possible ( physically, mentally and socially)this can boost memory and self- esteem, and help avoid depression.