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What is Dementia?

 

Dementia is a term used to describe the symptoms that occur when the brain is affected by specific diseases and conditions. These include Alzheimer's disease and are sometimes the result of a stroke (Vascular Dementia).

 

Dementia is progressive and how fast the dementia progresses will depend on the individual. Symptoms include loss of memory, mood changes and communication problems. In the latter stages of dementia the person affected will have problems carrying out everyday tasks and they will become increasingly dependent on the person caring for them.

 

The Acorn Committee supports people with dementia and their carers and families in many ways throughout the Ripon and Harrogate District, primarily by donating funds to specific projects.  Currently Acorn supports a range of services provided by Dementia Forward.


Jill Quinn CEO of Dementia Forward says "The dementia tsunami that has already started is sometimes referred to as a quiet crisis because it is so often played out behind closed doors.  Yet it is happening within our own communities not in tens or hundreds but in thousands within the Ripon and Harrogate District.


We have heard that the Government is to double the investment into dementia research; national organisations such as the Alzheimer's Society have campaigned successfully to raise public awareness and have themselves invested in and developed research, as has the Alzheimer's Research Trust, while Dementia UK focuses on improving the quality of care for dementia patients through their Admiral nurses and training - but what about the here and now?


With raised public awareness comes higher expectation and with early diagnosis comes increased numbers of referrals into health and social care.  At a time of economic cut backs there is a growing demand for services for those people living in our locality.


With the passionate support of the Acorn Committee, Dementia Forward is able to deliver a range of quality, needs-led services.  The Dementia Forward team of trustees, staff and volunteers deliver a realistic and grounded initiative, a local charity for people living in Ripon and Harrogate and partnership working is key to this."