Dementia is an umbrella term for a range of progressive conditions that affect the brain.
Each type of dementia stops a person’s brain cells (neurones) working properly in specific areas, affecting their ability to remember, think and speak.Doctors typically use the word ‘‘dementia’’ to describe common symptoms – such as memory loss, confusion, and problems with speech and understanding – that get worse over time.
Dementia can affect a person at any age but it’s more common in people over the age of 65.
Dementia is described as ‘young onset’ when symptoms develop before the age of 65, usually between 30 to 65 years of age. It is also referred to as ‘early onset’ or ‘working age’ dementia, but these terms can cause confusion. ‘Early onset’ can be interpreted as the early stages of dementia and ‘working age’ is now less defined as retirement age is more flexible.
We know that when families are facing dementia, life can feel overwhelming. We believe every family affected by dementia should have the quality of care that we would want for ourselves and our loved ones.
Listening to the needs of the families we support informs everything we do. Our dementia specialist Admiral Nurses specialise in working alongside families. They help families manage complex needs, considering the person with dementia and the people around them. They collaborate with other clinicians involved in caring for the person with dementia, helping them stay independent for longer, and support family and friends around them.
We are constantly supporting and developing our Admiral Nurses, learning how best to serve families facing dementia, and working with those who share our vision and values. We have the time to listen to people with dementia and their families – and to clinicians and our colleagues, our supporters and fundraisers. This underpins all of our work.
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