Dementia Cases ‘set to soar in the US’ by 2050

A global report has suggested that Dementia cases are set to sour in the US by 2050. There are currently 5 million people living with the disease in the US but a new report suggests this will treble by 2050 to 15 million cases.

Alzheimer’s Disease International says 44 million people live with the disease globally, but that figure will increase to 135 million by 2050.

The figures were released ahead of the G8 dementia summit in London this week. (Source BBC Health News)

Bluebird Care is a provider of specialised care and has devised an infographic depicting the global picture in relation to Dementia.  For more on our specialised services click here.

Dementia in the United States Infographic

Dementia in the United States Infographic

The Story of Bluebird Care Wexford

This week Michael Corcoran, Director of recently launched Bluebird Care Wexford was interviewed on South East Radio. His story is one not dissimilar to our other Directors across the country.

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In this blog post we learn a bit more about Michael and what it was about Bluebird Care that captured his interest.

Michael is a qualified Chartered Accountant and has worked in Financial Services for over 20 years in the finance area, general management and sales development. Michael, whose family has been in business in Wexford for many years, set up the Bluebird Care office in Wexford in Autumn 2013.

“I am very excited by the challenge of delivering high quality care to our customers. The care needs of people are very varied and whether it is care of older persons or care for people with physical or intellectual disabilities we are committed to providing care to the highest professional standards.

“A consistent theme throughout my career has been that of placing the customer first and having a dedication to service. Everything that we do in Bluebird Care is focused on meeting and satisfying our customers’ care needs.”

The full interview with Michael Corcoran on South East Radio is available to share below:

Dementia Cases ‘set to treble worldwide’ by 2050

A global report has suggested that Dementia cases are set to treble by 2050.

The number of people living with dementia worldwide is set to treble by 2050, according to a new analysis.

Alzheimer’s Disease International says 44 million people live with the disease, but that figure will increase to 135 million by 2050.

The figures were released ahead of the G8 dementia summit in London next week. (Source BBC Health News)

Bluebird Care is a provider of specialised care and has devised an infographic depicting the global picture in relation to Dementia.  For more on our specialised services click here.

Dementia Infographic

What is Dementia?

  • Dementia is an umbrella term describing a serious deterioration in mental functions, such as memory, language, orientation and judgement
  • There are many types, but Alzheimer’s disease, which accounts for two-thirds of cases, is the most well-known
  • There is no cure for any type of dementia – drugs can ease some of the symptoms, but do not tackle the underlying diseases
  • Patients may have had a decade of brain cells being destroyed before any symptoms appear

The worldwide cost of dementia in 2010 was $604 billion with about 70% of the costs occurring in Western Europe and North America

The symptoms of dementia come in three stages:

  • Early Stage: symptoms include forgetfulness, losing track of time or getting lost in familiar places;
  • Middle Stage: as dementia progresses the symptoms become more noticeable and include forgetfulness of recent events, forgetting people’s names, getting lost at home, difficulty communicating and behavioural changes.
  • Late Stage: the late stage of dementia is one of near inactivity and total dependence. Memory disturbances are serious and the physical signs and symptoms become more obvious. Symptoms include being unaware of a sense of time or place, difficulty recognising family or friends, a need for assisted self-care and difficulty walking.

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia. It is thought to cause over half of all cases. It is recognised by the build up of protein on the brain, which forms plaques and tangles, which stops the brain functioning properly.

Vascular dementia is the second most common type and it occurs when the blood supply to the brain is damaged.

Lewy Bodies is a type of dementia that shares characteristics with both Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.

Fronto Temporal is a rare type of dementia, which affects the personality, behaviour and language skills in the early stages. This form of dementia often causes a loss of insight and so the person may do and say things at the wrong time and in the wrong place.

Korsakoff Syndrome is a chronic memory disorder caused by severe deficiencies of thiamine (Vitamin B1). Korsakoff Syndrome is most commonly caused by alcohol misuse, but certain other conditions can also cause the syndrome.

Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD) is the common form of a group of rare, fatal brain disorders known as prion diseases. This disease triggers prion protein in the brain to fold into a three-dimensional abnormal shape.