We are delighted to say that yesterday we found out that we’re through to the final of the Bio Stars accelerator programme. It’s been a fantastic experience so far and has really shone a light on all of the fantastic things happening in healthcare and Pharma in the UK and Europe. The final is taking […]
We are delighted to announce that Proximity has officially launched. Due to the kind generosity of everyone during our crowdfunding campaign, we raised enough money to be able to get the Proximity Button to market. This is a truly exciting time for us and hopefully for our future customers too. The Button’s are available to […]
Proximity was originally designed to keep those living with dementia safer from wandering. As my mum’s a carer for those with dementia i’ve always been aware of what a problem it is within this area. It wasn’t until we launched our crowdfunding campaign recently that i realised just how many people could benefit from a product […]
Wrong. Dementia is actually caused by diseases just like cancer or aids. Alzheimer’s disease is the biggest cause of dementia, it physically attacks your brain, gradually destroying it, piece by piece, until it strips away everything that makes you, you. The brain of a person with Alzheimer’s is so damaged, it weighs 140 grams less […]
For the past 2 years I’ve been developing a product that I hope will keep those living with dementia safer. My mum’s cared for people with dementia for the past 15 years. It’s her experiences and stories that inspired me to create a simple, affordable product to help with the problem of wandering: a dangerous […]
Early onset Alzheimer’s and dementia affects people younger than the age of 65. Although much more rare, it now affects as many as 40,000 younger people in the UK.
The two most common forms of dementia in younger people are Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia.
Around one-third of younger people with dementia have Alzheimer’s disease. Some people will have a history of young-onset Alzheimer’s in their family. Around 20% of younger people with dementia have vascular dementia.
A diagnosis of dementia is devastating at any age but a diagnosis at a young age can be truly terrifying for the person and their loved ones. This is primarily due to the stage people will be at in their lives and what is going on around them. For example, younger people with dementia are more likely to still be at work themselves, have a partner who is still working, have dependent children, have ageing parents who they need to care for and have heavy financial commitments such as a mortgage.
There is very little understanding of the needs of people who develop dementia at an early age and this can make it very difficult for younger people to access adequate support. A service set up for people of a different generation is highly unlikely to meet the needs of younger people and so; these people often require specialist services.
The number of specialist services is growing and there is increasingly more help out there.
The Alzheimer’s Society can put younger people with dementia, their families or carers in contact with others in their local areas, or in similar circumstances. They also host an online discussion group called Talking Point, which has a dedicated group for younger people. To join the discussion, go to http://forum.alzheimers.org.uk/