Dementia is the loss (usually gradual) of mental abilities such as thinking, remembering, and reasoning. It is not a disease, but a group of symptoms that may accompany some diseases or conditions affecting the brain.
There are many different types of dementia, each with their own causes. The most common dementia symptoms include loss of memory, confusion, and changes in personality, mood and behaviour.
Dementia usually affects older people and becomes more common with age. About 6 in 100 of those over the age of 65 will develop some degree of dementia, increasing to about 20 in 100 of those over the age of 85. Dementia can develop in younger people but is less common, affecting about 1 in 1,000 of those under 65.
In most cases, the symptoms of dementia progress gradually, often over a period of several years. The early signs (usually memory problems) are normally subtle and may not be immediately obvious.
The symptoms of dementia can vary greatly, but those with dementia often have one or more of the following:
- Problems with memory
- Problems with speech and language
- Changes in mood or behaviour
- Difficulty performing simple tasks
- Problems learning new information, ideas or skills
We at Manor Healthcare propose to provide specialist care for people suffering from Dementia related illnesses such as Alzheimer’s disease, in our new purpose built facility at Rathfriland Manor, Northern Ireland. We have designed this specialist care home in partnership with the Dementia Services Development Centre NI, the University of Ulster at Jordanstown and a local architect experienced in healthcare buildings which will ensure that we will offer the most up to date best practice and appropriate environments for individuals living with dementia in Northern Ireland.