Dementia is the term used to describe the symptoms of a large group of illnesses which cause a progressive decline in a person’s functioning. It is a broad term used to describe a loss of memory, intellect, rationality, social skills and physical functioning. There are many types of dementia including Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia, frontotemporal dementia and Lewy body disease. Dementia can happen to anybody, but it is more common as we age.
Despite this, people with dementia are also:
- more than two times more likely not to see friends compared the general public
- more than three times as likely not to have a friend to confide in compared to the general public
- almost three times as likely not to have a friend to call on for help compared to the general public.
In a recent Dementia Australia survey, 91% of people who have a loved one with dementia indicated that people don’t keep in touch with the person living with dementia as they used to.
Picking up the phone to help someone living with dementia stay socially connected is one of many simple things you can do that make a big difference in the long-run. Read more tips to help people living with dementia live as well as possible. After that, you can help us spread the word.