Dementia is a collective name for progressive degenerative brain syndromes which affect memory, thinking, behaviour and emotion. It presents differently in each person, but some common symptoms include loss of memory, personality and mood changes and difficulty with routine tasks.
Under UK legislation, it is considered a disability and therefore people with dementia are protected from discrimination for example when accessing goods and services (including health and social care). The Care Act 2014 is also relevant for those with dementia. In 2018 more than 50 million people have dementia and numbers are expected to rise to 152 million by 2050.
There is considerable stigma and misunderstanding about dementia which led to the launch of the first World Alzheimer’s Month in September 2012. Event organisers seeks to dispel myths about dementia, raise awareness and provide networked learning across multi-sector organisations.

Further information and resources

  1. World Alzheimer’s Month website.
  2. For BSUH healthcare staff you can contact the Dementia Nursing Team for further guidance on patients. BSUH is hosting a Dementia Conference on the 13th of September. Details available on the Trust website, or book through IRIS.
  3. Carers and those with questions about human rights/equality law and dementia, can contact the Equality Team directly.
  4. Locally Brighton and Hove LGBT+ Switchboard run a drop-in service for carers and those living with dementia.