Dementia is defined as “a chronic or persistent disorder of the mental processes caused by brain disease or injury and marked by memory disorders, personality changes, and impaired reasoning.” For anyone who’s life has been touched by dementia, you know how difficult it is for the afflicted, and their loved ones.
To put this growing epidemic into context, The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that the number of people living with dementia (worldwide) is currently estimated at 47.5 million. Incredibly it’s predicted to increase to 75.6 million by 2030. Are you listening Baby Boomers? We’re facing a crisis that is going to affect someone you love, in your lifetime. You can bet on it.
A new case of dementia is diagnosed every 4 seconds. The total number of new cases of dementia each year worldwide is nearly 7.7 million, implying 1 new case every 4 seconds. The number of people with dementia is expected to increase to 75.6 million in 2030 and 135.5 million in 2050. – World Health Organization
What’s it like living with someone afflicted with dementia? In many cases, it’s like watching someone slip away before your very eyes. There’s a tipping point to dementia where family members become more burdened than their loved one who is suffering. Dementia sufferers can become so sick that they simply don’t recognize you, their surroundings, or even themselves. They simply fall into a void.
Let me introduce you to Reddit user vingverm (otherwise known as Jake from Australia). Jake’s photo journal shares the decline of his 58 year old mother Jacquie. Jacquie had been suffering from Pick’s Disease, which manifests with Dementia like symptoms, and leads to death (often in 2-5 years). The photos speak louder than words, so I’ll let his powerful lens give you a glimpse into his loving family.
Living With Dementia
Are you caring for someone with Dementia? Do you know someone who is? Would you be willing to share your story with us? Our comment section (below) is an open forum for you.