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Alzheimer's Society - Leading the fight against dementia

Alzheimer's Society - Leading the fight against dementia

Carers support Home›Clinical›Clinical resources›Carers support A carer is a person of any age, adult or child, who provides unpaid support to a partner, child, relative or friend who couldn't manage to live independently or whose health or wellbeing would deteriorate without this help. This could be due to frailty, disability or serious health condition, mental ill health or substance misuse. Did you know? That 1.2 million carers spend over 50 hours caring for others, this equates to a full-time workforce larger than the entire NHS. Carers are estimated to save the UK economy £119 billion a year in care costs, this is equivalent to £18,473 per year for every carer in the UK. Carers Week Quest Carers UK, in collaboration with RCGP and Carers Trust, have produced two resources for GP practices for the Carers Week Quest. Find out more about the Carers Week Quest GP Surgery Checklist [PDF] Guide for GP Practices [PDF] Commissioning for Carers Guide Training DVD for GPs and practice teams Access the DVD Contact us

Alzheimer's disease Alzheimer's disease is the most common type of dementia, affecting almost 500,000 people in the UK. The term "dementia" describes a loss of mental ability associated with gradual death of brain cells. The exact cause of Alzheimer's disease is unknown, although a number of things are thought to increase your risk of developing the condition. increasing age a family history of the condition previous severe head injuries lifestyle factors and conditions associated with cardiovascular disease Read more about the causes of Alzheimer's disease. Signs and symptoms of Alzheimer's disease Alzheimer's disease is a progressive condition, which means the symptoms develop gradually and become more severe over the course of several years. The first sign of Alzheimer's disease is usually minor memory problems. As the condition develops, memory problems become more severe and further symptoms can develop, such as: Read more about the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease. Who is affected? Getting a diagnosis

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