This is a thought-provoking piece on the topic of dementia. It challenges the idea about how to treat dementia patients, its effects on families and society, and what we can do to help them.
The people with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) are under tremendous psychological stress when they are in the early stages of dementia. They feel lonely, sad, confused and frustrated by their condition. This is especially true for them in their 70s and 80s when they are surrounded by family members who can help them but cannot remember their name or how to communicate with them out of fear that they will die at any moment.
As a result, they often feel isolated from society through fear of social isolation and depression which makes it hard for people in the community to relate with them.
This is a very interesting and inspiring festival of ideas. As we all know, dementia is a slow and long-term disease, but it will not be the last word in our lives.
The Festival of Ideas, run by Alzheimer Society is an event that takes place annually in March to see what comes out of the brain before it stops functioning altogether. The purpose is to encourage people with dementia – who are often overlooked – to contribute to society and so they can be heard and respected for their contributions and experiences.
The theme for 2019 was: “See what comes out of your brain before you go”. This year’s theme resonated with me as I have been diagnosed with AD – also known as Alzeimers Disease or Progressive Cerebral Palsy Syndrome (PCPS). One of my
There are not more than 300 people in the world that are diagnosed with dementia. It is considered to be a universal disease of old age which will lead to death of virtually all the people living today. Dementia is of course very important for us, but it is also important for us to discuss what dementia means.
We invite you to our discussion panel
In preparation for the Dementia Festival of Ideas 2017, we would like to invite you to an interactive discussion on what dementia means.
We hope you can join us as we discuss the theme of this year’s festival, which will be called ‘Dementia – a disease of the Mind’ and will take place between 27th – 28th May 2017 at 11:00h in our room at The Stormont Hotel in Belfast.
This panel is a tool to stimulate thinking and discussion on what dementia means. We all have a general perception of the word dementia, but how accurate is it? What does it really mean?