It is estimated that there are approximately 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK alone, with numbers set to rise to one million by 2025. The condition triggers a loss of brain function which is usually progressive and can eventually become very severe. As a terminal condition, symptoms include memory loss, confusion and difficulties with speech and communication.
8 Things You Need to Know About Dementia*
- There are 850,000 people with dementia in the UK, with numbers set to rise to over 1 million by 2025. This will soar to 2 million by 2051.
- 225,000 will develop dementia this year, that’s one every three minutes.
- 1 in 6 people over the age of 80 have dementia.
- 70 percent of people in care homes have dementia or severe memory problems.
- There are over 40,000 people under 65 with dementia in the UK.
- More than 25,000 people from black, Asian and minority ethnic groups in the UK are affected.
- There are an estimated 46.8 million people living with dementia and the numbers affected will double every 20 years, rising to 115.4 million in 2050.
- For every person living with dementia, the annual cost to the UK economy is over £30,000 and yet only £90 is spent on dementia research each year.
Despite these statistics, dementia research is desperately underfunded. Much less is spent on dementia than other conditions such as cancer, stroke and cardiovascular disease, even though it is one of the main causes of disability later on in life.
Two thirds of the cost of dementia is funded by people living with dementia and their families. Unpaid carers save the economy £11 billion every year.
What is Being Done?
There are some charities out there that are aiming to provide support and raise awareness to join the fight against dementia however, there are simply not enough.
Memory Lane Activity and Day center is one of those charities who are committed to providing specialist day care in the community of Yeadon, West Yorkshire. The centre is open five days a week and provides cognitive stimulation therapies through various enjoyable activities which are tailored to meet each individual’s needs. Through their activities, they aim to develop people’s skills and offer new and different engagements to promote well-being.
The work that they do enhances and promotes positive and stimulating experiences for people with dementia. They also understand the difficulties that family and friends can experience too and so they additionally offer respite for loved ones.
Pam and Amanda, who run Memory Lane, are always looking for ways that they can improve their services and provide more assistance to their local community, but they heavily rely on the support of others. Unfortunately, they currently cannot provide their services to those with wheelchairs as their current transportation vehicle does not have the facilities to accommodate them.
This is something that they are desperately hoping to change as many of their clients rely on their passenger transport service to get to the day center. They also use the vehicle for day trips which is a great opportunity for those with dementia to get out and meet new people, which helps to combat social isolation and loneliness. With your support, they will be able to invest in a wheelchair accessible vehicle which will allow them to cater for more clients who are suffering with this disease.
How Can I Get Involved?
Memory Lane are always looking for volunteers who are interest in getting involved. Whatever your background, any type of interactivity can make a huge difference to someone’s day. Your contribution would be greatly appreciated and it can also be really rewarding. To find out more, visit their website https://www.memorylanecare.co.uk or contact Amanda on 07989 356923.
Local businesswoman, Paula Dunne, is helping to support Memory Lane and together they are holding a Charity Fundraiser Evening on Saturday 13th October at DW Fitness First in Yeadon. The event is open to the public and tickets includes complimentary food and drink on arrival. Paula manufactures cosmetic care and beauty products and has recently launched a new Summer Cocktail Range which will tie-in with the themed evening. There will also be plenty of chances to win raffle prizes and get involved with fun activities. To purchase tickets, please visit our website or call Rosdon Group UK on 01274 620688.
We really hope to see you there!