World Alzheimers Month is a campaign that is taking place this September, to raise awareness and understanding about dementia, and challenge the stigmas associated with the disease.
What is the difference between Alzheimer’s and Dementia?
Dementia is an umbrella term used to describe a group of symptoms affecting how well our brains work. It can affect anyone. The chances of developing dementia increase as people get older.
Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia – around two-thirds of people with dementia have Alzheimer’s disease.
- 80% of New Zealanders know or have known someone with dementia.
- The number of people living with dementia in New Zealand will triple by 2050.
- At most, only half of those affected ever receive a diagnosis, which means they are not getting the help and support they need.
- Dementia is associated with around as many deaths as cancer (27% of total deaths).
- Dementia is expensive with associated health and social care costs almost matching the combined costs of cancer, heart disease and stroke.
- With the right support, it is possible to live well with dementia.
You can find out here about the dementia support that our Enliven services offer.