A recent survey carried out by The Alzheimer’s Society* shows that the number of people with dementia in Buckinghamshire is set to increase by up by 44 per cent in the next 10 years.
With 750,000 people currently living with dementia in the UK, the study shows that this number is set to rise significantly within the decade. Results suggest that while today there are an estimated 6,196 people with dementia living in the Buckinghamshire area, by 2012 this number will have reached 8,953.
Michael Lawson, who owns Home Instead Senior Care in High Wycombe and specialises in the care of older people in their own homes commented: “Our team care for a number of clients affected by some form of dementia on a regular basis and therefore it is important that they have a full understanding of the illness, as an early diagnosis can be crucial in helping lessen the symptoms of dementia. Our Caregivers have taken part in a comprehensive training course to further their knowledge. They have learnt about a range of specialist communication techniques as well as helping them to understand and anticipate the needs of those with dementia at the different stages of the disease.”
The Alzheimer’s Society’s survey results show that by delaying the onset of dementia by 5 years, deaths directly attributable to dementia would reduce by 30,000 per year.
Michael continues: “Dementia is such a wide-spread illness and as this survey shows, it is likely to become more prevalent over the next ten years. It is very important for people with dementia to retain as much independence as possible and therefore enabling them to stay in their own home with familiar surroundings can be a really helpful.”
Gail Hayes, one Caregiver who has just completed the Advanced Alzheimer training course with Home Instead comments: “The course is a fantastic source of information. One of the main things is how to recognise the early warning signs including: a decline in memory such as forgetting names of friends or familiar objects, reasoning and communication skills, feeling angry or upset about your forgetfulness, confusion even when in a familiar environment and the gradual loss of skills needed to carry out daily activities.” Gail continued: “We recommend that anyone who suspects that they or a loved one may be showing any of these signs should speak to a GP as soon as possible.”
If you would like to learn more about Home Instead High Wycombe or would like to speak to someone about becoming a Caregiver, please call: 01494 616140 or visit www.homeinstead.co.uk.
Photo Caption: Gail Hayes with her Alzheimer's Advanced Training certificate