Dementia affects 800,000 people in the UK. This will almost double by 2050. 1 in 1400 are under 65 years old. The chances are that you know several people with dementain, but do you know much more that that?
The term 'dementia' is used to describe the symptoms that occur when the brain is affected by specific diseases and conditions. Symptoms of dementia include loss of memory, confusion and problems with speech and understanding. 62% is caused by Alzheimer's disease, 17% by mini-strokes [vascular dementia] and there are a number of less common causes. See this 'infographic' from the Alzheimer's Society: http://www.alzheimers.org.uk/infographic.
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Background Ideas and Research
Two more in depth articles about dementia in the local church and what you can do to make a difference. Includes references and links to academic papers.
Handout about Dementia
Churches Inc - being positive about dementia