Early Onset Dementia in people with Learning Disabilities
Advances in medical and social care have led to a significant increase in the life expectancy of people with learning disabilities. The effect of ageing on people with learning disabilities – including the increased risk of developing dementia – has become an increasingly important issue.
What is dementia? – Dementia is a general term used to describe a group of diseases that affect the brain. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia. The damage caused by all types of dementia leads to a progressive loss of brain tissue. As brain tissue cannot be replaced, symptoms become worse overtime.
Principles of Support
The aim of the National Strategy is to ensure that significant improvements are made to dementia services across three key areas: improved awareness, earlier diagnosis and intervention, and a higher quality of care. The Strategy identifies 17 key objectives which, when implemented, largely at a local level, should result in significant improvements in the quality of services provided to people with dementia and should promote a greater understanding of the causes and consequences of dementia.
Living Well with Dementia; A National Dementia Strategy 2009.