We all forget a name or a face sometimes. Especially as we get older. But dementia is something different. Memory problems are one of a number of symptoms that people with dementia may experience. Others include difficulties with planning, thinking things through, struggling to keep up with a conversation, and sometimes changes in mood or behaviour.
Dementia is not a natural part of ageing and it doesn’t just affect older people. Over 40,000 people under 65 in the UK have dementia. This is called early-onset or young-onset dementia.
This Dementia Awareness Week, 14-20 May, Alzheimer’s Society is asking everyone across England, Wales and Northern Ireland to unite against dementia.
Dementia is set to be the 21st century's biggest killer. But awareness and understanding remains low and many families are facing it alone.
That’s why, during the Week, we want everyone to come together and take action. By uniting, we can raise awareness, offer help and understanding, improve care and urgently ﬁnd a cure.
There are plenty of ways you can support the Week and everyone can play their part.