Almost 1 million people in the UK have dementia
One in 11 people over the age of 65 are diagnosed with dementia, and 1 in 6 people over the age of 80 are affected by it.
Dementia is associated with an ongoing decline of brain functioning. Symptoms include memory loss, reduced mental sharpness and quickness, trouble speaking, lack of understanding, mood swings and difficulties planning, organising and performing daily tasks.
People living with dementia can find social situations difficult, they may lose their ability to show empathy and they may suffer with hallucinations. They usually need help from family, friends and carers because the symptoms usually become worse over time. In the latter stages of dementia, people are unable to take care of themselves and often lose their ability to communicate. There is currently no cure for dementia, however, with early diagnosis, treatment and support, many people continue to lead active and fulfilled lives.