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A Global Perspective on the Impact of Dementia on Women


In March 2015 the World Health Organisation held its first Ministerial Conference on Global Action Against Dementia. Most countries, however, are a long way from really addressing the growing impact of dementia, and especially the impact on women....  read more ...

My dad: A man in a woman's world


Beth BrittonThe fact that dementia disproportionally affects women didn't come as any surprise to me. In the last nine years of my dad's life with dementia he was surrounded by women, most notably myself and my mum, but also my half-sister, fellow care home residents who were predominantly female, visitors to his three care homes who were mostly women, female care workers, nurses, doctors, physios, chefs, housekeeping staff, activity co-ordinators, entertainers and therapeutic practitioners.  read more ...

A young carer's story - one of the statistics


Sophie and her grandparentsThree people in my family have or have had dementia. I lost my great grandfather to dementia at the age of 12. He was 94 years of age and just wanted to give up. My maternal grandparent's cared for him, until he had his leg amputated and developed dementia. From then on he was in a care home. I remember helping out a little bit with this when I was younger. I didn't do as much as I do now though....  read more ...

An unexpected spin off the statistics about dementia


I remember sitting with colleagues where I worked at Help the Aged (before it merged with Age Concern) eight or nine years ago. We were talking about the charity's future and discussing which issue, pertinent to our ageing society, might provide a focus for the charity if it had to focus on one topic. We picked 'dementia', knowing it affects more than 800,000 people in the UK, that many live people with undiagnosed disease and that there is no treatment or cure. Much shaking of heads. The public might put dementia in the 'too difficult' box. ...  read more ...

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