Dementia is a term that covers several conditions but what they all have in common is the effect it has on the brain, making it work less well. The effects progress over time but a lot can be done to help people live well with Dementia.
For further information please visit the Living with Dementia in Fife website.
While there is no curative treatment for dementia, the proactive management of modifiable risk factors can delay or slow onset or progression of the disease.
In May 2017, the World Health Assembly endorsed a Global Action Plan on the Public Health Response to Dementia - Dementia risk reduction is one of the seven action areas. WHO have developed guidelines to provide the knowledge base to support the reduction of the risks of cognitive decline and dementia through a public health approach. As many of the risk factors for dementia are shared with those of non-communicable diseases, the key recommendations are common to frailty and sit behind the MCCNs focus on Healthy Ageing.
The summary of the WHO recommendations can be found at https://www.who.int/mental_health/neurology/dementia/english_foreward_executive_summary_dementia_guidelines.pdf?ua=1
Additional useful websites:
- Alzheimer's Scotland (www.alzscot.org) provides a range of advice and information for people living with dementia and for relatives / carers living with someone who has dementia. It includes useful information on power of attorney, how to access support and much more.
- Care Information Scotland (www.careinfoscotland.co.uk) is not specific to one disease, but provides a wide range of information and advice on who to contact if you need help, inlcuding navigating the process of assessment, setting up care packages and where to go for financial information.