True or false?

Everyone who grows old will get dementia

False: It is true that the older we get, there is an increased risk of developing a form of dementia, but not everyone will.

My Grandma got dementia when she was in her 80s. I am sure that I will get it too.

False: Though the risk of your developing Alzheimer’s is slightly increased, dementia is not hereditary.

My Dad has dementia, but he still seems to enjoy life.

Absolutely true! A diagnosis of dementia does not mean you have to stop living. There will be many things you can still do and enjoy. It’s so important to still have fun.

I have noticed I keep forgetting things and losing my keys. I am sure I have Alzheimer’s Disease. I know there is no point in going to my GP as nothing can be done.

False: There are medications which can help slow the progression of the condition down. Therapies, counselling and leading an active life can help. Early diagnosis also means you can take steps to plan your future and take control of your life.

I lead a healthy lifestyle, eat well, exercise and have never smoked. I hope this will reduce my risk of having dementia later in life.

True: Obesity, smoking and drinking too much alcohol all increase your risk of developing dementia. Any steps you take to live healthily will indeed help reduce your risk.

People with dementia are aggressive and dangerous.

False: People with dementia often have difficulty with communication and understanding the world around them. This can make them frustrated and scared. It is up to us to find ways of communication and easing their anxiety.

People with dementia should be put into a home for their own safety.

False: People with dementia are perfectly able to live as part of the community and should be supported to do so safely for as long as possible, and as long as they want to wherever possible.

My Grandad has Lewy Body dementia, I thought this would make him confused and not be able to look after himself. He seems to get agitated when I try to help him.

True: There will still be many things he is able to do and he will want to remain independent. It is important that he is part of any decision making and is still performing the daily tasks he is able to do safely.