It is estimated that over 2,900 people are currently living with dementia in Hull, with approximately 1,800 people formally diagnosed and recorded on GP dementia registers. Both of these figures are expected to increase by approximately 1,000 by 2020.
Dementia is not a natural part of ageing, it is a progressive disease of the brain. The term 'dementia' describes a loss of mental ability associated with the gradual death of brain cells and it affects each individual differently.
Alzheimer's disease accounts for 60 to 80 percent of dementia cases. Vascular dementia, which occurs after a stroke, is the second most common dementia type. There are many other conditions that can cause symptoms of dementia. Some of these are reversible, such as thyroid problems and vitamin deficiencies.
Find out more about types of Dementia here (Opens in a new window)
Being diagnosed with dementia does not mean your life is over. There are lots of things you can do to help you stay independent for as long as possible.
The Dementia Collaborative
The Dementia Collaborative is a group of organisations from across Hull who work with people living with dementia as well as their carers. Our membership includes health and social care organisations, the voluntary sector and people living with dementia and their carers.
Their goal is to improve the lives of people living with dementia; from the person affected by the disease, to their carers, friends and family members.
Living with Dementia in Hull booklet
The Living with Dementia in Hull booklet gives a simple breakdown of local dementia support services and is a great source of information for people with dementia, their families and carers.