DEMENTIA AWARENESS WEEK 2018
by David Burgher | 05 June 2018
Aitken Turnbull Architects are supporting Dementia Awareness Week and will be presenting at the Alzheimer Scotland’s Annual Conference 2018 with our pioneering work in the use of digital technology (VR-EP) to help us better understand and create enabling environments.
In the UK, there are about 800,000 people diagnosed with dementia and an estimated 400,000 who have dementia but do not know it. By raising awareness about this condition, it is hoped that more people will be diagnosed earlier, giving more time for them to come to terms with future symptoms.
Dementia is not a disease. Dementia is a term given to a group of symptoms from certain diseases which affect the brain.
1. Dementia Is Not A Natural Part Of Aging – whilst prevalent in the over 65’s, dementia can also affect younger people. In the UK, over 17,000 people under the age of 65 have this condition. It is not uncommon for people in their 50’s to have dementia.
2. Dementia Is Caused By Diseases Of The Brain – symptoms of dementia are caused by physical disease such as Alzheimer’s which directly affects the brain.
3. It’s Not Just About Losing Your Memory – dementia can have a huge impact on a person’s life and on the people around them.
4. It’s Possible To Live Well With Dementia – many people with early stage dementia live full lives although adjustments may be taken to cope with symptoms.
5. There’s More To A Person Than The Dementia – this is reflected through the recurring ‘Remember The Person’ theme for this event.
Please come along to the Edinburgh International Conference Centre on the 8th June or visit www.vr-ep for further information.