It’s estimated that one in 14 people aged over 65 has dementia, and the likelihood of developing it increases significantly with age. In fact, one in six people over 80 live with the condition. It is an unpredictable and progressive disease, with no cure at present. There are unique challenges associated with living with or caring for someone with dementia.
We often think of dementia as being memory loss, but it's much more than this and can affect the way someone speaks, thinks, feels, and behaves.
Dementia is not a natural part of ageing; it's caused by disease damaging parts of the brain. While there aren't cures, there are treatments that can halt or slow the progress of the symptoms, and there's also plenty of support available that helps someone remain active with a fulfilling life.
This guide will help you to understand what dementia is, recognise the symptoms, and direct you to sources of information & support, including the Bank Workers Charity who offer a range of services and help to current and former bank workers (including partners and dependents).
So, let's get stuck in and talk about dementia.
Our guidance covers:
You can access our guidance page through our website.
There are many sources of support available, we've listed some in our guidance: