Alzheimer’s Society is the UK’s leading support and research charity for all people affected by dementia. Around 850,000 people are living with dementia in the UK, with figures set to rise to over a million by 2021.
We provide information and support, improve care, fund research, and create lasting change for people affected by dementia.
Who gets dementia?
There are currently around 850,000 people in the UK with dementia. It mainly affects people over the age of 65 (one in 14 people in this age group have dementia), and the likelihood of developing dementia increases significantly with age. However, dementia can affect younger people too. There are more than 42,000 people in the UK under 65 with dementia.
Scientists are investigating how dementia might run in the family. In a very small number of people, certain types of dementia are inherited as a single gene that directly causes the disease. People with one of these genes will usually get dementia before the age of 65. Everyone else will inherit a combination of genes that increases or decreases their risk of developing dementia in much less direct ways.
How is dementia treated?
The vast majority of causes of dementia cannot be cured, although research is continuing into developing drugs, vaccines and other medical treatments. There is a lot that can be done to enable someone with dementia to live well with the condition. Care and support should be ‘person-centred’. This means it should be focused on that person and their individual needs and preferences.
Alzheimer’s Society campaigns for greater understanding of dementia and a better quality of life for all affected by dementia. It provides information and support to people with any form of dementia and their carers through publications, the National Dementia Helpline, website and local services including Singing for the Brain.
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