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Here, at Altura Learning, we provide social care companies with access to specialist content on the topic of Dementia.

There are currently estimated to be over 46 million people worldwide living with dementia. The number of people affected is set to rise to over 131 million by 2050.  In fact, research suggests that there is one new case of dementia worldwide every three seconds.

Dementia is a syndrome – usually of a chronic or progressive nature – in which there is deterioration in cognitive function (i.e. the ability to process thought) beyond what might be expected from normal ageing4. The symptoms of dementia may include problems with: memory loss, thinking speed, mental sharpness and quickness, understanding, mood, movement, difficulties doing daily activities, language (such as using words incorrectly or trouble speaking), and judgement5.

Dementia can be the result of a variety of diseases and injuries that primarily or secondarily affect the brain, such as Alzheimer’s disease or stroke. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia and is thought to contribute to as many as 60-70% of all cases.

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