Dementia is not a natural part of ageing. It is not just about losing your memory. It is an umbrella term describing symptoms, which occur when the brain is affected by certain diseases or conditions, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s being two of the most commonly known.
850,000 people currently have dementia in the UK and these numbers are set to rise to over 1 million by 2025 and to over 2 million by 2051.
Over 225,000 people will develop a form of dementia this year, that’s one every 3 minutes.
Dementia is a progressive disease for which there is no cure. There are currently 35.6 million living with a form of dementia, over 40,000 of those in the UK alone are under 65 years of age.
It’s not a problem that’s going away, in fact the number of people with dementia is set to double every twenty years rising to 115.4 million by 2050. It costs over £30,000 a year to support someone with dementia, yet only £90 per person is spent annually on research.
We want to change that.
It is possible to live well with dementia. Thanks to charities such as the Alzheimer’s Society, Dementia Friends and Age UK there is a lot of support for people with or caring for those with dementia.
We believe that there is more to a person than dementia and we are hosting a week long series of events at our Manchester and Cheshire campuses to raise awareness, and to dispel some of the myths surrounding dementia.