Alzheimer’s Society Presents the Following Educational Video
Creating Dementia-Friendly Generation
A third of young people know someone with dementia. With over two million people developing dementia in the next ten years, it’s likely the majority of today’s young people will know someone affected by the condition in their lifetime.By educating young people about dementia we can create a dementia-friendly generation. Young people will have increased confidence and understanding when communicating with people with dementia, helping to reduce social isolation and stigma for those living with dementia.
As well as the positive impact on people living with dementia today, increasing young people’s understanding of dementia will have long term benefits as they approach adulthood and become the carers, social workers, researchers, employers and adults of tomorrow. Their understanding will create dementia-friendly communities, helping people to live well with dementia.
Dementia (Also called: Senility)
Dementia is the name for a group of symptoms caused by disorders that affect the brain. It is not a specific disease. People with dementia may not be able to think well enough to do normal activities, such as getting dressed or eating. They may lose their ability to solve problems or control their emotions. Their personalities may change. They may become agitated or see things that are not there.
Memory loss is a common symptom of dementia. However, memory loss by itself does not mean you have dementia. People with dementia have serious problems with two or more brain functions, such as memory and language. Although dementia is common in very elderly people, it is not part of normal aging.
Many different diseases can cause dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease andstroke. Drugs are available to treat some of these diseases. While these drugs cannot cure dementia or repair brain damage, they may improve symptoms or slow down the disease.
- NIH: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke