Dementia is a condition that one in fourteen of us will develop over the age of 65. Its symptoms are not a natural part of the ageing process. Young onset dementia can affect people of working age who have jobs, commitments and plans for their futures. It also impacts on those in their later years of life which can put added pressure on an already strained health service. There are a lot of myths about dementia and its causes.
Cobalt are setting out to dispel the myths and help identify symptoms in patients through early intervention with the best diagnostic equipment.
Sudden or slow onset changes in behaviour might be the first signs of dementia. These could include memory loss, difficulty concentrating, confusion and finding it harder to carry out simple daily tasks, being confused about time and place and mood changes.
Ageing is the biggest risk factor for dementia. However there are lots of things you can do to help reduce your risk. Simple lifestyle changes such as diet and exercise, keeping active and maintaining a healthy weight, not smoking, reducing alcohol intake and keeping the mind active by learning something new, doing puzzles or word searches.
Our current fundraising campaign is around dementia. The Dementia Futures Fund sets out to raise money to fund dementia research nurses, research trials using specialist equipment, free scans for patients with young onset dementia and a partnership with local hospitals to enhance facilities for patients with dementia and their families.
Julia Jenkins, Head of Fundraising, Cobalt said: ‘The money we raise through the Dementia Futures Fund will be spent directly on our contribution to research trials and collaboration with local memory clinics such as those run by the 2gether Trust and the Fritchie Centre in Cheltenham. It’s great that our equipment can be used to help provide diagnosis of dementia as well as cancer ’.
A number of famous people suffered with dementia in their final years including Terry Pratchett, Robin Williams, Ronald Reagan, Rita Hayworth, Margaret Thatcher and Enid Blyton.
There are lots of ways to get involved. For more information on the Dementia Futures Fund go to https://www.cobalthealth.co.uk/support-us/dementia-futures-fund/