Sunday, September 21, 2014

World Alzheimer's Day 2014: What should know right now

World Alzheimer's Day 2014: here's what should know right now.

- Alzheimer's is a type of dementia, not the other way around (see the list below).

- Dementia is a terminal disease. People eventually die from dementia.

- There is NO cure for dementia.

- In Australia, dementia is the third biggest cause of death, after heart disease and stroke (cancer does not even make the top 3… dementia comes before it).

- It's called 'the long goodbye' as the period of time between diagnosis to death can be a lengthy one… often years.

- Dementia is not just about losing things, or forgetting where you put your keys. This can a sign of dementia, yes. However, dementia is debilitating and in the advanced stages, it affects the mind, the body, and can lead to involuntary weight loss, can affect the ability to swallow, and more. Dementia is a degenerative disease.

- The kinds of dementia include: Alzheimer's disease, vascular dementia, dementia with Lewy bodies, mixed dementia, Parkinson's disease, frontotemperal dementia, Creutzfeldt-Jakob diseaseNormal pressure hydrocephalusHuntington's DiseaseWernicke-Korsakoff Syndrome.

- Again, it's important to understand: dementia is fatal.

- Dementia is NOT a normal part of ageing. Not all who are elderly are diagnosed with dementia.

- Each week there are 1600 new cases of dementia is Australia.

- By 2029, Australia will be in need of more than 150,000 paid and unpaid carers for people with dementia.

- If you think dementia is someone else's problem, think again. Most of us will be affected by dementia - be it as someone receiving a diagnosis or as someone caring for someone with dementia - in our lifetime.

What are some things you know about dementia that you have learned along the way? Share!

Here is an infographic with various stats and facts and more:

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