Dementia is caused by a number of diseases that affect the brain. The most common is Alzheimer's but diseases also include vascular dementia, dementia with Lewy bodies and Pick's disease.
Different types of dementia affect the brain at different rates and in different ways, but other things like someone's personal circumstances, the people around them and the environment in which they live, will affect their experience of dementia. Dementia progresses in a way that is unique to each individual.
It is true that more people over 65 have dementia but it is not exclusively an older person's disease; younger people get dementia too.
Five things you need to know about dementia:
1. Dementia is not a natural part of the ageing process.
2. Dementia is caused by diseases of the brain.
3. It is not just about losing your memory.
4. It's possible to live well with it.
5. There is more to the person than the dementia.
We took part in a Dementia Awareness Week last year by providing information for staff and residents on what Dementia is and where to get support and help.
These sessions have continued with the work of our Dementia friends Champion, Roy Chambers, and staff from across the organisation have taken part in Dementia Friends sessions.
The Dementia friends sessions have highlighted services available for carers and also looked at some of the myths and negative thinking around Dementia.
The sessions were very helpful to staff members and gave us a really good understandings of Dementia and the problems that people with Dementia have to overcome. Staff were given helpful ideas of ways to help and sign post to relevant agencies.
Teign Housing also continues to host Memory Cafes in some of its Community Rooms including Alberta Court & Bitton Court, Teignmouth – for more information on these you can call 01626 355135.
If you would like more information about Dementia and/or becoming a Dementia Friend you can visit the Dementia Friends website at www.dementiafriends.org.uk