Dementia in the UK
Is Someone in Your Family Living With Dementia?
In 2014 there were 850 000 people living with Dementia in the UK. By 2025 this number is expected to increase to 1.14 million. According to studies done by Age UK, 28% of these sufferers are unable to make choices about day-to-day life – but what’s even more alarming is that an estimated 27 million people worldwide are undiagnosed.
MiFile exists to help families and individuals living with dementia, whether diagnosed or not. If someone you love is ever in an emergency or an unfamiliar place, MiFile enables others to send you an SMS or email to let you know where they are and whether they’re okay. It also shares key medical, allergy and care information with emergency services to help speed up treatment if needed.
What is Dementia?
Dementia is a collective term for a group of symptoms that severely affect memory, communication and thinking. Alzheimer’s disease is one of the most common causes, but a variety of conditions can lead to dementia. These include Parkinson’s and Huntington’s disease, traumatic brain injury, stroke and more.
Studies in the UK show that dementia affects:
1 in 6 people over the age of 80 and 1 in 3 over the age of 95.
6 Stats About Dementia in the UK
• 80% of cycling accidents happen in broad daylight.
• In 2014 there were 850 000 people in the UK living with dementia. Of those, 773 502 were over the age of 65.
• An estimated 1.14 million people might be living with dementia in the UK by 2025.
• It’s estimated that 27 of 36 million worldwide dementia sufferers are undiagnosed.
• 62% of dementia sufferers who live alone say they feel lonely because of dementia.
• 28% of dementia sufferers in the UK have reported that they’re unable to make choices about day-to-day life.
• 1 out of every 3 people living with dementia have reported losing friends because of the condition.
What About Early Detection?
Dementia is not a single condition. As a result, everyone experiences it differently in the beginning.
Early diagnosis is vital to help determine treatment choices and medication options. Some causes of dementia are reversible or treatable and can be caused from vitamin deficiency, side effects of certain medication and some brain tumours.
Take Your Loved One to a GP If There Are Changes In:
Do they ask the same questions repeatedly, misplace things or seem disorientated?
• Ability to communicate
Are they struggling to articulate, forgetting simple phrases or misusing words repeatedly?
Are they displaying rapid mood changes or sudden irritability, fear, paranoia or irrationality?
• Ability to carry out familiar tasks
Have you noticed them struggling to act out simple, everyday tasks?