There are over 800,000 people with dementia in the UK. Numbers are set to rise to over one million by 2025 and soar to two million by 2051. One person every three minutes will be diagnosed this year.
Known as the disease that people fear the most, the word ‘dementia’ describes a set of symptoms that may include memory loss, difficulties with thinking, problem-solving and language, as well as changes in mood and behaviour. Changes are often small to start with, but for someone with dementia they have become severe enough to affect daily life.
Dementia is caused when the brain is damaged by disease, such as Alzheimer’s disease or by strokes. The specific symptoms that someone with dementia experiences will depend on the parts of the brain that are damaged and the type of disease.
Dementia is a progressive condition, meaning that the structure and chemistry of the brain become increasingly damaged over time and with that the person’s ability to remember, understand, communicate and reason gradually declines.
It is estimated that 10,000 people are living with the condition in Dorset and that number is increasing. Due to the demographics of Bournemouth Hospital’s catchment area, 65% of our inpatients are over the age of 61 and last year over 2,000 of those had dementia.
We are therefore anticipating a large increase in the number of patients being admitted to the hospital with dementia. Unfortunately hospitals can be a disorientating and frightening place for someone with dementia.
Donations towards our dementia friendly work supports activities such as dancing with dementia, music afternoons, interactive technology, adaptations to wards to minimise confusion.
Click here to donate towards our dementia work.
This year we are fundraising for a Omi Mobility interactive table. You can find out more about the table here.