Dementia is a group of conditions and illnesses that affect the normal function of the brain.
It is a progressive illness which causes destruction of brain cells and can lead to memory loss, confusion, problems with speech, personality and behavioural problems. There are many different types of Dementia, of which Alzheimer’s is the most common, with Vascular Dementia being the 2nd most common form.
For those with the condition there are fears and anxieties associated with how everyday life will be affected. There is fear of losing control over everyday decisions, how relationships may be affected and often there is a sense of guilt associated with becoming a burden to loved ones and friends and the world becomes a frightening and solitary place.
For the family, it is hard to witness the steady decline in a person you know and love as the condition develops. Understanding what help and support is available and what the wider implications of supporting someone living with the condition become of paramount importance.