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Dancing Activity Organized to Raise People’s Awareness of Dementia in Sydney

Dementia is a chronic or persistent disorder of the mental processes caused by brain disease or injury and marked by memory disorders, personality changes, and impaired reasoning.

People with dementia might find it difficult to keep up with more than one person and various conversations.

Although the elderly are mostly affected by dementia, it is not a normal part of the ageing process. Globally, 35.6 million people suffer from dementia and a new case is diagnosed every four seconds.

Try to start by understanding why the person suffering from dementia is getting upset

In Malta, the numbers are also on the rise. In fact, it is estimated that in three years’ time, 1.25 per cent of our population will suffer from dementia. This counts for approximately 4,892 cases.

Dementia is a degenerative condition which causes deterioration in thinking, memory, behaviour and the ability to perform basic tasks and activities of daily living.

It is caused by various types of brain illnesses, the most common being Alzheimer’s disease, which is also a major cause of disability and loss of independence among the elderly.

Other contributing factors may be vascular dementia and dementia with lewy bodies, an abnormal collection of protein that develops inside the brain’s nerve cells.

Caregivers and family members of people suffering from dementia often suffer a great deal of physical, psychological and emotional stress. However, if diagnosed early, a better quality of life can be provided.

Common symptoms of dementia are forgetfulness, loss of orientation in time and place, difficulty with communication and changes in personal behaviour.

Photo taken on March 30, 2016 shows Sydneysiders at a dancing activity organized to raise people’s awareness about preventing and slowing the onset of dementia in Sydney, Australia.

An elder with dementia (1st R) comes to attend a dancing activity organized to raise people’s awareness.

By Robert Muriisa.

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