Dementia is an extremely common condition in the general population. With close to a million people living with the condition, it’s a challenge for carers and patients alike.
Dementia can affect people as young as 30, with young onset, and with some rare conditions, even children can be affected, although the more common age is in the over 65’s.
Types of Dementia
There are many different causes of dementia, including alcohol induced. In general terms, most people who are diagnosed with dementia will fit into one of four categories.
1 – Alzheimers
2 – Vascular
3 – Lewy Body
4 – Fronto Temporal
In early stages, the majority of dementia sufferers remain at home with family or friend support. As the disease progresses, the arrangements for living may need to be reassessed and considered carefully.
Options may include:
1 – Remaining at home with family and friend support.
2 – Remaining at home with family and friend, as well as professional carer support.
3 – Moving to the home of a relative, with our without professional carer support.
4 – Moving to a residential care home or nursing home.