Approximately 20% of people over the age of 85 will have some form of dementia. However, although age is a risk factor, dementia is not caused by old age. There are currently more than 17,000 younger people in the UK with dementia under the age of 65.
In total, there are more than 800,000 people with dementia in the UK.
Although statistics like these are useful, I believe that Dementia Training should be much more than a list of facts and figures. Through the training I deliver, I help those who support people with dementia to focus on a 'person centred' approach. Dementia effects people in different ways, so we always need to be thinking about the needs of the person rather than a 'one-size-fits all' strategy.
It is important to remember that everyone is a unique individual, with their own personal experience and life-story.