Why an orange? Because the damage caused by Alzheimer’s can lead to a brain weighing around 140g less than a healthy one – that’s about the weight of an orange.
As someone who recently lost a loved one to dementia, I was apprehensive about seeing this play. Would it be an accurate portrayal of the effects of dementia? Would it over-dramatise its impact on relationships or, worse still, sentimentalise it?
People with dementia need us to think differently – and we must challenge the myth that dementia is inevitable. Santa Forgot allows us to use one important myth to overturn another.
This year has also seen dementia emerge as the UK’s leading cause of death, highlighting the scale of the challenge we face and underlining the need for more research. However, since last Christmas your support has funded a record 84 pioneering research projects, allowing more researchers to join the hunt for new ways to help people living with dementia.
There are approximately 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK, 15,000 of whom come from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities.
Dementia Explained helps children and young people better understand dementia and site features information pages, personal accounts, videos and games specifically tailored for children of different ages.
My mum can no longer do anything for herself. She needs someone to get her dressed and out of bed, feed her, remind her to swallow when she’s eating or drinking, brush her teeth, wash her hair, change her and push her wheelchair. This is the reality of dementia.
Along with Public Health England and Alzheimer’s Society, we ran an innovative pilot project which saw, for the first time, dementia risk reduction messages delivered to 40-64-year-olds during their NHS Health Check.
Dementia is the biggest cause of death for women in the UK, and the second biggest for men.