16 November 2016

Supporting patients with Dementia to improve quality of life

With an ageing population across the UK we are faced with many degenerative conditions that affect a growing number of elderly people. Dementia is now one of the most prevalent, accounting for more deaths than heart disease.

 Currently there are 850,000 people with dementia in the UK, with numbers set to rise to more than one million by 2025. This will soar to two million by 2051 and 225,000 will develop dementia this year, that’s one every three minutes and one in six people over the age of 80 have dementia. It means more and more people require and help and support. 

 At Newcross we know two thirds of the cost of dementia is paid for by people with dementia and their families as a result of limited spending. Nationally we spend more on cancer, cardiovascular disease and stroke than any other condition.

 Our commitment to providing high quality, personalised care means we are working to support many patients and their families live with this condition either at home or in a care home. We know that 70 per cent of people in care homes have dementia or severe memory problems and quality of life is imperative for all.

At the heart of everything we do is the patient and our ethos means we work hard to make sure this time is less distressing for all those affected. Person-centred care that supports well being and independence can help people with dementia keep their dignity and identity for as long as possible.

Michelle Gorringe, Newcross Managing Director said: “Dementia is a cause that affects so many people but understanding is limited in our society and there are many stigma’s attached to it. To overcome this education is essential, reaching children at a young age can have a significant impact in the future.

“As an organisation we are committed to ensuring our staff are trained in this area. We have also signed up to Dementia Friends, one of the biggest ever initiatives that aims to change people’s perceptions of dementia. Its goals are to transform the way the nation thinks, acts and talks about the condition. You can find out more here.

“It’s a fantastic movement that encourages everyone to find out more and pledge to help. We continue to encourage all our staff, their friends and families to become supporters and this fantastic cause and are committed to raising awareness and changing perceptions.”

According to the Office of National Statistics Dementia, including Alzheimer's disease, has overtaken heart disease as the leading cause of death in England and Wales, latest figures reveal. Last year, more than 61,000 people died of dementia - 11.6% of all recorded deaths.

If you think a loved one or friend could be showing signs of dementia then refer to our warning signs below.

Warning signs of dementia

Seek medical advice if your memory loss is affecting daily life and especially if you:

  • struggle to remember recent events, although you can easily recall things that happened in the past
  • find it hard to follow conversations or programmes on TV
  • forget the names of friends or everyday objects
  • cannot recall things you have heard, seen or read
  • lose the thread of what you are saying
  • have problems thinking and reasoning
  • feel anxious, depressed or angry
  • feel confused even when in a familiar environment or get lost on familiar journeys
  • find that other people start to notice or comment on your memory loss

 For more information visits the Alzheimers Society