Dementia is an umbrella term describing a set of symptoms that includes memory loss, confusion, mood changes and difficulty with speech or with day-to-day tasks. Changes in these may be small in the beginning, but for someone with dementia they can get worse and become severe enough to affect their daily life. Also a person with dementia may experience changes in their mood or behaviour.
Alzheimer's disease is one of the most commonly seen causes of dementia, although not all dementia is caused by Alzheimer’s disease. The diseases that cause the dementia mostly include Alzheimer's disease, Vascular dementia and dementia with Lewy bodies. The specific symptoms that someone has dementia depend on which parts of the brain that are damaged.
Information available from Alzheimer's Society suggests that there were 820,000 people with dementia in the UK, and most sufferers are, but not exclusively, older people (e.g. over 65). Dementia costs the UK economy some £23 billion each year. As the number of older people is gradually increasing, the problem has drawn attention from various quarters, calling for actions to be taken by the government.
Studies show that the lower level of awareness about dementia affects BME people's quality of life. The primary aim of the project at the CNHLC is to raise awareness on dementia and alzheimer’s among the Chinese population in London. The project will also offer support to individuals needing information and help in relation to problems with dementia and alzheimer’s disease. We will work with local community centres and health professionals (e.g. Alzheimer's Research UK) in order to achieve this goal.
The project is now recruiting volunteers for the project, for information on this and others related to this project, please contact Gill or Tom on (020) 3802 0350 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
The project is supported by City Bridge Trust for three years, starting from January 2014 till the end of 2016.