Five Key Facts about Dementia (World Alzheimer’s Month)


In our work at Home Instead in Rotherham, we support many clients living with dementia. It’s a condition that has a profound impact not just on the individuals affected, but also on their families. Understanding dementia is the first step toward providing meaningful support and effective care.

What is Dementia, Really?

Dementia is often misunderstood as an illness or a specific disease, but it is, in fact, a collection of symptoms affecting cognitive functions. It’s crucial to recognise that dementia itself is not a single disease but a syndrome — a group of related symptoms that impact social and intellectual abilities to the point where they interfere with daily function.

Five Eye-Opening Facts About Dementia

  1. Dementia is More Prevalent Than You Think

    In the UK, it’s estimated that around 850,000 people are living with dementia. This number is expected to rise to over one million by 2025, making dementia one of the most significant health crises facing the country. Understanding its prevalence helps to spotlight the urgent need for increased awareness and improved care services.

2. Dementia is Not Just an Older Person's Condition

While age is indeed the strongest known risk factor for dementia, it’s essential to know that it is not exclusive to older adults. Early-onset dementia can occur in people in their 40s or even 30s. Although less common, it’s a poignant reminder that dementia can affect anyone, regardless of age.

3. The Economic Impact is Immense

Dementia not only takes a toll on families and communities but also has a significant economic impact. The annual cost of dementia to the UK economy is estimated to be around £26 billion, which is more than the cost of cancer, heart disease, and stroke combined. These costs include direct medical costs, social care, and the economic contributions lost due to family carers leaving the workforce.

4. Gender Plays a Role

In the UK, nearly two-thirds of those diagnosed with dementia are women. Various factors contribute to this, including women’s longer life expectancy. However, research is ongoing to understand other biological or environmental factors that might contribute to this disparity.

5. Lifestyle Choices Matter

Studies have shown that making healthier lifestyle choices can reduce the risk of developing dementia. Although age and genetics are non-modifiable risk factors, things like regular exercise, a balanced diet, and quitting smoking can make a difference. Mental stimulation and social interaction also play a role in maintaining cognitive health.

Home Instead Rotherham

At Home Instead Rotherham, we’re more than just a care provider; we’re specialists in dementia care within the local community. We go above and beyond to support our clients, offering extensive training to our Care Professionals to ensure the highest standards of specialised care. We even host local memory cafes where clients and their families can connect, share experiences, and learn in a supportive environment. If you’re seeking dedicated and informed support for yourself or a loved one, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. Your peace of mind and wellbeing are our highest priorities. Contact us today!