Dementia Matters

Dementia Matters

  • 7 Things you didn't know about dementia

    7 things you didn't know about dementia

    Set to be the biggest killer of the 21st century - yet research is underfunded


    dementia understanding communicate supportMany families are affected by dementia. The condition is set to become the biggest killer of the 21st century - someone develops dementia every three minutes, and too many are facing it alone without adequate support. Here are some facts and figures about dementia:

    1. Dementia is an umbrella term

    Dementia describes different brain disorders that trigger a loss of brain function. These conditions are all usually progressive and eventually severe. Alzheimer's disease is the most common type of dementia, affecting 62 per cent of those diagnosed. Other types of dementia include; vascular dementia affecting 17 per cent of those diagnosed, mixed dementia affecting 10 per cent of those diagnosed, frontotemporal dementia and dementia with Lewy bodies.

    Symptoms of dementia include memory loss, confusion and problems with speech and understanding. Dementia is a terminal condition.

    2. Dementia isn’t a natural part of ageing

    Dementia doesn’t care who you are and can affect anyone. It’s caused by diseases of the brain which includes Alzheimer’s disease. Dementia affects everyone differently. Someone with the condition might experience a number of changes including problems with memory, thinking, concentration and language. It mainly affects people over the age of 65 however there are more than 42,000 people under 65 living with dementia in the UK.

    3. Dementia is a progressive condition but with support people can continue to live well

    Dementia is progressive, meaning that symptoms gradually get worse. However, many people living with dementia lead active and fulfilling lives for many years. There are many ways to help support someone living with dementia from becoming a Dementia Friend, gaining a better understanding of the condition, to volunteering with Alzheimer’s Society’s Side by Side service. The charity is for everyone affected by dementia, to find out more about local services or volunteering visit

    4. By 2021, one million of us will have dementia

    There are 850,000 people in the UK who have a form of dementia, of which an estimated 3,800 live in the New Forest, 19,000 in Hampshire. Dementia has replaced heart diseases as the leading cause of death in England and Wales, accounting for 11.6% of all deaths registered in 2015, according to the Office for National Statistics. Dementia is set to be the 21st century’s biggest killer, with someone developing it every three minutes.

    Only around 50% of those with dementia in Hampshire have been diagnosed - so there are lots of people with dementia who are not getting support and treatment that could help them and their families.

    5. There is no cure for dementia

    Delaying the onset of dementia by five years would halve the number of deaths from the condition, saving 30,000 lives a year. Of the top 10 causes of death, dementia is the only one we can’t prevent, cure or even slow down, but funding of dementia research is still far too low. Research is continuing into new drugs, vaccines and other medical treatments. Drugs do exist for Alzheimer’s disease which can improve symptoms or temporarily slow progression, in some people. There are no licensed drug treatments for other forms of dementia.

    6. Dementia research is underfunded

    Dementia research is desperately underfunded. For every person living with dementia, the annual cost to the UK economy is over £30,000 and yet only £90 is spent on dementia research each year.

    Alzheimer’s Society is committed to spending at least £150 million over the next decade on dementia research including a £50 million investment in the UK’s first dedicated Dementia Research Institute.

    7. We can beat dementia through research

    Alzheimer’s Society provides information and support, improves care, funds research, and creates lasting change for people affected by dementia. The charity is investing in research into dementia care, cause, cure and prevention of all types of dementia. Dementia devastates lives. The Alzheimer’s Society needs people to unite against dementia now. Whether you choose to donate, volunteer or campaign, every action makes a difference.


    Visit to find out more about dementia and how you can help.

    Find out more information about dementia support in Lymington and the New Forest

  • Art Dementia New Forest

    Art Dementia New Forest

    New local charity takes on local art groups aimed at those living with dementia

    art therapy for people living with dementiaThe Arts Groups which the Alzheimer’s Society started in 2007 are based in Milford on Sea, Lymington and Ringwood. They have been an amazing success and give tremendous pleasure not only to the artists but also their families, friends and all concerned. The production of cards, calendars and art exhibitions has sent out some positive messages that there is a life after diagnosis of dementia and that life-long learning, well-being and inclusion is all important.

    Art and culture holds a unique place in our lives. Whether it's singing, poetry, museums or dance, they enrich our lives and bring pleasure to everybody at some point. This is no different for people with dementia and researchers have therefore begun to develop an increasing interest in the arts, aiming to find evidence as to how and why they may be able to help people with dementia.

    Art Dementia New Forest is a new charity who have now taken over the local art groups, constituted under the “small charities commission.” The charity is going from strength to strength and wants people with dementia to be part of an art group just like anyone else.

    Fortunate in being able to participate in the New Forest Show, in 2016 two of the artists were awarded a bronze and silver medal for their superb paintings.

    Fundraising by Art Dementia New Forest will be continuous and any help would be welcomed. The charity aims to keep the highest quality standards and it is of the utmost importance that these are maintained. If anyone would like to consider volunteering - a rewarding and fun thing to do, do get in touch.

    For more information about the Art Groups, please contact Gilda Newsham MBE, Secretary, Art Dementia New Forest on 01425 473777.


    • Milford-on-Sea Dementia Art Group is held every other Monday morning at Milford on Sea Community Centre, 9 Sea Road, Milford-on-Sea SO41 0PH
    • Lymington Dementia Art Group is held every other Monday morning at Linden House care home, New Street, Lymington SO41 9BP
    • Ringwood Dementia Art Group takes place every Thursday morning, from 10am-12noon at Trinity Centre, Christchurch Road, Ringwood BH24 1DH


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