50 million people Worldwide are living with dementia. Just under a million of them living in the UK. Dementia is now the UK’s biggest killer, overtaking heat disease and cancer, and there's currently no cure.
Academics at Loughborough are striving to fight this terrible disease and help those afflicted with it through our innovative research projects, that can be directly applied to make a difference - looking at lifestyles rather than just medicines.
Loughborough’s approach to treating dementia, is to face it as a family. Our Academics are focusing their research on everything from changes to diet, in the hope of slowing the progress of the disease, to reducing the anxiety and stress patients experience by redesigning homes and healthcare facilities to better accommodate their needs.
Our ambition is to revolutionise the way dementia is diagnosed and treated, and to ultimately improve the nation’s quality of life. Our findings could help one of your friends or a loved one, or even you at some stage in the future, meaning your support could make a difference much closer to home than you realise. Give today and help us in our goal of saving the lives of 30,000 dementia patients a year.
What is dementia?
The word ‘dementia’ describes a set of symptoms that may include memory loss and difficulties with thinking, problem-solving or language.
These changes are often small to start with, but for someone with dementia they have become severe enough to affect daily life. A person with dementia may also experience changes in their mood or behaviour.
Your risk of developing dementia increases as you get older, and the condition usually occurs in people over the age of 65.
What causes dementia?
Dementia is caused when the brain is damaged by diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease or a series of strokes. The specific symptoms that someone with dementia experiences will depend on the parts of the brain that are damaged and the disease that is causing the dementia.
What are the symptoms of dementia?
Symptoms can include:
- difficulties concentrating
- problems planning and thinking things through
- struggling with familiar daily tasks, like following a recipe or using a bank card
- issues with language and communication, for example trouble remembering the right word or keeping up with a conversation
- problems judging distances (even though eyesight is fine)
- mood changes and difficulties controlling emotions. For example, someone might get unusually sad, frightened, angry, easily upset, or lose their self-confidence and become withdrawn.
Symptoms of dementia gradually get worse over time. How quickly this happens varies from person to person – and some people stay independent for years.
Support dementia research today
Make a real difference to the lives of those suffering from dementia, and help relieve the strain on those that it affects by making a gift to our innovative dementia research projects. We put family at the heart of what we do and we will always these face challenges together, helping to change the lives and save the lives of thousands.