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People with dementia may also have problems controlling their emotions or behaving appropriately in social situations. Aspects of their personality may change. Most cases of dementia are caused by damage to the structure of the brain.

How common is dementia?

Dementia is a common condition. In England alone, there are currently 570,000 people living with dementia. That number is expected to double over the next 30 years.
Usually dementia occurs in people who are 65 or over. The older you get, the more likely you are to develop it.

It is estimated that dementia occurs in:
1.4% of men and 1.5% of women aged between 65 and 69,
3.1% of men and 2.2% of women aged between 70 and 74,
5.6% of men and 7.1% of women aged between 75 and 79,
10.2 % of men and 14.1% of women aged between 80 and 84, and
19.6% of men and 27.5% of women aged 85 or over.

The Outlook
In clinical terms, the outlook for dementia is not good. In most cases, there is no cure and symptoms will get worse over time. However, even if a person’s dementia cannot be cured, there are a number of effective treatments that can help them to cope better with their symptoms and improve their quality of life.

The Carer - Understanding dementia and how both Carer & Patient can be helped.

Treating dementia

Practical tips
  • Keep a diary and write down things you want to remember.
  • Pin a weekly timetable to the wall.
  • Put your keys in an obvious place such as a large bowl in the hall.
  • Have a daily newspaper delivered to remind you of the date and day.
  • Put labels on cupboards or drawers.
  • Place helpful telephone numbers by the phone.
  • Write reminders to yourself. For example, put a note on the front door to take your keys.
  • Programme people’s names and number on to your phone.
  • Install safety devices, such as gas detectors and smoke alarms.
  • Do you have a family member or friend willing to act as a carer?
  • What support do you or your carer need to remain as independent as possible?