As outlined by Professor Jane Elliott during the 2015 Future of Ageing conference the most important predictive factor for the development of dementia is age. However, of the over 800,000 people with dementia in the UK, in excess of 40,000 are aged under 65 years1. Continue reading
In the time it takes you to read this sentence, a new person will have developed dementia. Continue reading
The Ready for Ageing Alliance came together in 2013 following the publication of the House of Lords Committee Report by the Public Service and Demographic Change Committee. Continue reading
Five key points from our new report ‘Dementia and Comorbidities: Ensuring Parity of Care’.
Today we’ll be visiting the House of Lords to raise awareness of young-onset dementia. Continue reading
This is a cross blog post with Alzheimer’s Research UK
Stigma is an issue that continues to blight progress in dementia research and support for people with dementia and their carers. It is mainly exhibited through fear and people who have the condition being discredited or ostracised. It often stems from wider ageism – the idea that older people are ‘doddery but dear’ – dementia is often simply viewed as an extension of this facet. Continue reading
With our ageing population in the UK, dementia is an increasingly important issue. The number of people caring for someone with the condition is set to grow by a quarter to reach 850,000 by the end of the decade.
With more and more people combining work and caring for older, sick or disabled parents and other loved ones, dementia also doesn’t just affect families and healthcare services. It also impacts on workplaces – and therefore businesses and the economy. Continue reading
The International Longevity Centre-UK has today published its own ‘Factpack’ of demographic statistics, offering a one-stop shop for facts and figures related to ageing and longevity in the UK. The 12-page booklet provides statistics on a range of topics from life expectancy to housing supply, from pensions to the popularity of smart-phones amongst today’s older generations. Continue reading
Former French president Jacques Chirac, 78 years old, was diagnosed with the symptoms of dementia last month, two days before the trial for the “bogus jobs” affair opened, a trial in which Chirac is one of the defendants . Just a few days ago in Cambodia, Ieng Thirith, the only woman to be tried for the crimes against humanity committed in Cambodia, aged 79, was also said to be suffering from health issues including Alzheimer’s which, according to her defence team, make her unfit to stand trial .
On 19-20 September 2011 the United Nation held a High-Level Meeting on Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs). This meeting witnessed the recognition of neurological diseases, including Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, previously excluded from the focus of the High-Level Meeting, as contributing to the non-communicable disease burden worldwide along with cardiovascular diseases, cancers, chronic respiratory diseases and diabetes. In fact, as stated in the political declaration of the High-Level Meeting of the General Assembly on the Prevention and Control of Non-Communicable Diseases, they “recognise that mental and neurological disorders, including Alzheimer’s disease, are an important cause of morbidity and contribute to the global non-communicable disease burden, for which there is a need to provide equitable access to effective programmes and health-care interventions” .