This week is Dementia Awareness Week and although many of us have heard of Dementia, how much do we know about the symptoms and risk factors of this condition.
Dementia is a set of symptoms including memory loss and difficulties with thinking, problem-solving or language. It is a progressive condition and according to the Alzheimer’s Society, there are currently 850,000 people with Dementia in the UK, 40,000 of which are under 65. Two thirds of people with Dementia live in the community and with 60,000 deaths a year being directly attributable to Dementia and 670,000 carers of people with Dementia in the UK, it is a wide spread condition that has a massive impact on people’s lives.
Dementia can be caused by various diseases, such as Alzheimer’s, or a series of strokes.
There are many factors which can affect your risk of developing Dementia, some of which we can influence and some that we cannot
Age is the most significant risk factor
Genetics – 2/3 of people with Dementia are women
Having diabetes, depression and some learning disabilities can increase your risk
Suffering a head injury
Being a smoker or a heavy drinker
Poor diet and lack of exercise
Limited social and mental activity
By improving our diet and activity levels, stopping smoking and reducing alcohol consumption, keeping ourselves socially and mentally active and managing conditions such as diabetes well, we can help to reduce our risk of developing Dementia.
Signs and symptoms to look out for in ourselves or those around us are
Struggling to remember recent events or things that you have seen, read or watched, but being able to easily remember things from the past
Forgetting the names of friends or everyday things
Finding it hard to follow conversations or TV programmes, repeating yourself or losing the thread of what you are saying
Problems with reasoning or thinking logically
Feeling anxious, depressed or angry about your forgetfulness or others commenting on this
Feeling confused even in a familiar environment
There is help available for people with Dementia and treatments which may lessen the symptoms, so if you do have any concerns you should visit your GP. For further details visit
You can find information and support to help you make important lifestyle changes, together with details of local services to access at Puffell.com or contact the ICE team on
0800 612 4580 or firstname.lastname@example.org