There are about 50 million people in the world living with dementia. It’s the umbrella term given to the symptoms caused by various diseases – most commonly Alzheimer’s. This is expected to go up to 152 million in 2050, according to Alzheimer’s Research UK. Despite the massive impact dementia has on the economy and people’s livelihoods, there are still many misconceptions around it. There are also some facts that still surprise people. We spoke to Alzheimer’s Research UK to find out what people normally get wrong, and what they often don’t know, about dementia. 1. Alzheimer’s disease and dementia are not the same thing Dementia is a term used for symptoms like confusion, memory loss, mood changes, and personality changes. There are a whole range of conditions that can cause dementia, not just Alzheimer’s.The most common are Alzheimer’s Disease, dementia with Lewy bodies, vascular dementia and Frontotemporal dementia. … [Read more...] about 15 common misconceptions and surprising realities about dementia and Alzheimer’s disease
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Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Business Day Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Today’s Paper Advertisement Supported by Retiring BySusan B. Garland Oct. 5, 2018 Laurie Scherrer was a workaholic sales executive when she began forgetting customers and losing her ability to perform simple math calculations. Five years ago, at age 55, she learned she has early-onset Alzheimer’s disease and frontotemporal dementia. After a “self-inflicted pity party,” Mrs. Scherrer said, she sprang into action. She created plans that would enable her to pursue an active life while also protecting her as the disease progressed. “Once I accepted the changes my life was going to take, I began to appreciate the joy and beauty around me,” she said. On the legal front, for example, a lawyer drew up documents that designated Mrs. Scherrer’s husband, a brother and a cousin to make medical and … [Read more...] about Leading an Active Life With a Diagnosis of Dementia
PUBLISHED: 13:00 19 May 2018 Eleanor Young Members of the Alzheimer's Society. Picture: Eleanor Young Eleanor Young ‘We are not broken dolls needing to be fixed’ – ahead of Dementia Action Week, a group of people diagnosed with the illness have told the Mercury what it is like. There are more than 850,000 people across the UK living with dementia, 42,000 of which are under 65 years old. In North Somerset, there are 2,182 individuals who know they have the condition but an estimated 1,074 people who have yet to be formally diagnosed. What is dementia? Dementia describes a set of symptoms which may include memory loss and difficulties with thinking, problem-solving or language. It is caused when the brain is damaged by diseases. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia but not the only one. The Alzheimer’s Society in North Somerset hosts weekly meetings and activities for people to get together and discuss their weeks, enjoy each … [Read more...] about ‘Treat us like normal people’ – how much do you know about dementia?
By Cicero Estrella | [email protected] | Bay Area News Group PUBLISHED: May 14, 2018 at 4:08 pm | UPDATED: May 15, 2018 at 4:31 am Toward the end of his life, Robin Williams lost confidence in his abilities to entertain, according to a new biography. The Bay Area actor and comedian suffered a panic attack and refused to leave his hotel room at night while filming “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb” in Vancouver in April 2014, according to “Robin” by New York Times culture reporter David Itzkoff. To get him out of his funk, his make-up artist Cheri Minns suggested that Williams return to his roots by making a surprise appearance at a local comedy club. “I said, ‘Robin, why don’t you go and do stand-up?'” Minns is quoted in the book. The once rapid-fire comic broke down in tears. “He just cried and said, ‘I can’t, Cheri.’ I said, ‘What do you mean, you can’t?’ He said, … [Read more...] about Robin Williams’ final days were filled with mental, physical struggles
More than 84,000 people in San Diego County are living with Alzheimer’s and related dementias, a figure that will reach 115,000 by 2030, according to two reports released by the county Friday.The lifetime cost of care for San Diegans with these dementias now exceeds $38 billion and is expected to surpass $52 billion by 2030.The reports update a 2015 report on an ambitious county program to cope with the rising toll of dementia. One report focuses on the prevalence of these diseases. The other examines the cost.Together, the reports cast a sharper focus on the social and economic burdens and consequence of these incurable and progressive illnesses. Unless something is done, that toll will continue to grow as people live longer, baby boomers age and more people are diagnosed with the fatal neurological diseases.San Diego County is disproportionately affected by Alzheimer’s, the third leading cause of death in the county. Nationwide, it ranks sixth. This appears to be an … [Read more...] about Mounting toll of Alzheimer’s in lives, dollars in San Diego spelled out in reports