Time To Confront Dementia Head On

 A recent survey revealed dementia is the most feared condition of people over the age of 50 – more so, even, than cancer.   Perhaps that’s because there have been great strides in cancer treatments, whereas dementia remains incurable.

22/05/2019

 A recent survey revealed dementia is the most feared condition of people over the age of 50 – more so, even, than cancer.   Perhaps that’s because there have been great strides in cancer treatments, whereas dementia remains incurable.

 
 
 
Written by: Ken Oxley  
Alzheimer's Society  
North East & Cumbria  
 
 
A recent survey revealed dementia is the most feared condition of people over the age of 50 – more so, even, than cancer.
 
Perhaps that’s because there have been great strides in cancer treatments, whereas dementia remains incurable.
 
People have a tendency to bury their heads in the sand if they notice signs of memory loss. Sadly, that means they miss out on vital services that would help them to cope with the condition and enhance their quality of life.
 
This is why the Alzheimer’s Society is using Dementia Awareness Week (May 15 – 21) to urge people to confront their fears.
 
That means biting the bullet and seeking a diagnosis – because there may be nothing wrong. After all, forgetfulness does not necessarily equal dementia – and dementia is not a natural part of ageing.

Currently, one in five people over the age of 80 have the condition – so the majority of us, despite what you may have been read, are not destined to end our days battling dementia.
 
However, if you are one of the unfortunate ones, the sooner you are diagnosed, the better. There’s no denying that a positive diagnosis can be devastating – but life does not end when dementia begins.
 
Help is available. The Alzheimer’s Society has a range of services that enable people to live well with dementia whilst supporting carers too.
 
So our message is clear. If you are experiencing symptoms of memory loss, seek medical advice now.
 
A positive diagnosis does not mean your life is over. People can, and do, live well with dementia…so confront it head on.

Ken Oxley is the Media Officer for the Alzheimer’s Society in the North East and Cumbria. For information about the charity’s services call 01642 442030 or visit our website.