District Chairman's Charity

2021 - 2022
District Chairman Pam

 

Pam is a Dementia Champion and gives talks about living with the condition. Here are a few facts..

Dementia sadly affects nearly every family in one form or another and although predominantly an older person’s condition, it can also manifest itself in younger people however, it is possible to live well with Dementia.

Dementia is caused by a number of diseases that affect the brain. The most common is Alzheimer's but diseases also include vascular dementiadementia 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.

The word 'dementia' describes a set of symptoms that may include memory loss and difficulties with thinking, problem-solving or language. These changes are often small to start with, but for someone with dementia they have become severe enough to affect daily life. A person with dementia may also experience changes in their mood or behaviour.

 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.

Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Friends programme is the biggest ever initiative to change people’s perceptions of dementia. It aims to transform the way the nation thinks, acts and talks about the condition. Whilst people talk openly about a broken leg, the taboo needs be lifted from the many forms of dementia and it needs to be spoken about too.

Dementia Friends is about learning more about dementia and the small ways you can help. From telling friends about the Dementia Friends programme to visiting someone you know living with dementia, every action counts.

Many clubs are already involved in local Talking Café groups and Shepton set up a successful Music Group for people living with dementia along with their carers.

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