AN OVERVIEW OF DEMENTIA

6 September 2019 No Comments by The Northern Standard

World Alzheimer Month takes place this December and, over the next four weeks, the Northern Standard will be focusing on a different aspect of dementia.

This week, we take a look at the causes, signs and symptoms of dementia and what you can do to reduce your risk. The number of people living with dementia in Ireland is expected to more than double over the next 20 years – from 55,000 today to 113,000 by 2036. It is estimated that there are over 750 people living with dementia in Co Monaghan, while more than 4,000 people newly develop the condition across Ireland each year. Although a dementia diagnosis can be frightening, there are many treatments, including medications, and cognitive exercises and rehabilitation, which can slow the decline in symptoms. There is also a range of community supports for the person and their family, such as educational programmes, peer support groups and support for making practical adaptations to the person’s life and home.

Where needed, care is available through day centres and home care support. Family, friends and the community can play a massive…

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