If you’ve been affected by dementia – or you know someone who has – you’ll be aware of how devastating it can be. According to the Alzheimer’s Society, around 850,000 people in the UK have dementia and one in three people aged over 65 are likely to develop it.
So it’s vital that more people understand what dementia is and how to spot the symptoms. Here’s our rundown of the best websites that can help you find out more about the condition.
Top sites for information on dementia
The Alzheimer’s Society is one of the foremost experts on dementia in the UK and their website is a helpful place to learn more. Information on this website is presented in digestible chunks, so you won’t feel bombarded with details. Here, you can find out more about what dementia is, how it progresses and the different types of dementia that exist. And if you want to learn more about specific aspects of the condition, there’s also a series of comprehensive fact sheets available to download for free.
The NHS dementia guide also offers a broad overview for people keen to learn more. As well as insight into the syndrome, there’s information here on local dementia services in England, which may be particularly useful if you’re searching for care facilities for a loved one. Additionally, the site mentions the Dementia Challenge, the UK government’s initiative to improve the lives of people with dementia and fight the disease. You can find out more about the Dementia Challenge online.
Age UK’s guide to dementia is another handy resource, particularly if you’re looking for a quick synopsis. For those who want to read further, there are plenty more resources to delve into on this website, including how music can help fight dementia and stories from well-known public figures on how dementia has affected their lives.
Discover how people are tackling dementia
Scouring the internet isn’t just a good way to learn the facts surrounding dementia – it’s also great for finding out what’s being done to tackle the condition and making connections with other people who have been affected. Dementia Friends, for example, is an acclaimed initiative from the Alzheimer’s Society. If you live in England, you can become a friend and get involved to help create more dementia-friendly communities. To keep in touch with what the group is up to, you can also subscribe to their newsletter online.
The Dementia Action Alliance is another pro-active group that works to create better communities and living conditions for people suffering from dementia. On their website, you can find out more about who they are, their action plans and their achievements. Unlike Dementia Friends, this alliance is a collection of organisations rather than individuals so only public bodies, businesses and charities can join. However, you can attend alliance meetings and set up your own local alliance if you’d like a more active role.
Alternatively, to find out more about scientific research into dementia visit Alzheimer’s Research UK. Here, you’ll get to learn more about dementia, as well as discover what research is being conducted and read the latest news on the disease. In fact, dementia research is likely to feature more prominently in the news over the next decade, following the recent G8 agreement to develop a dementia cure or treatment by 2025.
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