With Dementia Awareness Week in June and Alzheimer’s Awareness Week in July, organisations such as Alzheimer Scotland are raising awareness this summer of the problems associated with dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease.
According to Alzheimer Scotland, approximately 84,000 people have dementia in Scotland in 2012. Around 3,000 of these people are under the age of 65.
Dementia is a syndrome (a group of related symptoms) that is associated with an ongoing decline of the brain and its abilities. These include:
People with dementia may also have problems controlling their emotions or behaving appropriately in social situations. Aspects of their personality may change. Most cases of dementia are caused by damage to the structure of the brain. Breathing Space has been working closely with Alzheimer Scotland, looking at the emotional support required for dementia suffers and their carers.