Dementia is not one illness, it is an umbrella term for over 200 different types of illness that all effect the brain and it’s capability to function normally as it always has. Often attributed with old age Dementia is not by any means a natural form of ageing, it does not effect everyone.
In fact it is thought to affect 1 in 6 over the age of 80, so that’s around 850,000 people in the UK. But by 2025 we could be looking at over 1 million cases of the illness. The awareness around dementia is growing, but it still has a long way to go, the British government has endeavoured to find a cure by 2025, and other countries are following suit.
Types of Dementia
What many don’t realise is just how many types of Dementia there are, the typical association is with Alzheimer’s, the most widely diagnosed form of Dementia. But there are other key types of Dementia that we want to bring to your attention, the diagram below demonstrate the split of Dementia Diagnosis in over 65’s by type.
As you will have noticed from the Dementia Umbrella though there is one type missing from the diagram above, Young Dementia, also known as Early onset Dementia. Young Dementia effects a different group of people, namely those under 65, some types of the illness affect this group more than others as can be seen from diagram below.
We have written some helpful guides on all of the main types of Dementia captured by the umbrella, these cover a description of what is really going on in the brain to cause the Dementia, the symptoms to look out for and a typical timeline of how the illness may progress.
You will see it written on nearly every article we write on Dementia, that every single Dementia story is different, there is no set path for the illness it is unique to that one case, but there are some patterns across many cases which we can draw on.
They say that knowledge is power, so we want to arm you with the basics and a bit more so that you can take control of the illness and plan for the future in a way that suits you.
Please click below on the type of dementia that you would like to read about, you will be transferred to the relevant guide that we have written.
With Thanks to:Alzheimer’s Society,The BBC and NHS Choices
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