Who are we? Dementia Friendly East Riding launched as a community charity in March 2017. We aim to give residents of the East Riding of Yorkshire a greater awareness of dementia and help businesses and other organisations to make small changes to understand the needs of people living with dementia. People living with dementia often feel they are unable to continue living an independent and fulfilling life, this is far from the truth and Dementia Friendly East Riding will encourage those people to remain active through our many projects, activities supported by our partners.
Our current projects include:
- Dementia Friendly Cinema Screenings
- Dementia Awareness Gardens
- FREE Dementia Friendly Awareness Sessions
- Dementia Friendly – Flower Competition
What is Dementia?
Dementia describes many 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.
Symptoms of dementia include memory loss, confusion and problems with speech and understanding. Dementia is a terminal condition.
Who is affected?
There are 850,000 people with dementia in the UK, with numbers set to rise to over 1 million by 2025. This will soar to 2 million by 2051.
- 225,000 will develop dementia this year, that’s one every three minutes.
- 1 in 6 people over the age of 80 have dementia.
- 70 per cent of people in care homes have dementia or severe memory problems.
- There are over 40,000 people under 65 with dementia in the UK.
- More than 25,000 people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic groups in the UK are affected.
“Dementia Friendly East Riding is very aware of the increasing demands upon carers and families of those people living with dementia and understands the need to provide support within the local community”