We are looking for individuals in the early stages of dementia and their families to join the conversation by attending our next art-science workshop. If you are interested or know of someone who might be, please get in touch via the website or by contacting us at: londonbrainproject@gmail.com

We are also looking for researchers/scientists in the field who are interested in contributing to the science behind our workshop. If you would like to get involved please get in touch with us at: londonbrainproject@gmail.com

 

Find out about the artists you'll be working with on the day here.


What is dementia?

 

Dementia affects over 850,000 people in the UK. By 2025, over 1 million people in the UK will have dementia.

Most people develop dementia after 65 (over 7% of people over 65 have dementia) but there are also over 40,000 people with early-onset dementia.

 

Dementia is a neurodegenerative disorder.  “Neurodegeneration” is an umbrella term for the progressive loss of structure or function of brain cells or ‘neurons’, including the death of these neutrons. The most common type of dementia is Alzheimer’s disease but other less common forms include vascular dementia, frontotemporal dementia, dementia with Lewy bodies, and Pick’s disease. All of these disorders affect the brain differently and ‘progress’ or cause behavioural deterioration at different rates.

Some forms of dementia-like that experienced by Merideth Grey’s mother in Grey’s Anatomy-can be attributed to genetic factors and although we are learning a lot more about ‘risk factors’ we still know very little about who and/or when an individual develop dementia. This is why huge amounts of funding are currently being invested into the area of dementia research both in the UK and globally.

How can dementia affect everyday life?

 

Dementia affects each person differently. People typically associate dementia with memory loss - which is mainly caused by changes in a brain area called the hippocampus that forms everyday autobiographical memories. The effect of memory on dementia is portrayed through Allie in the movie The Notebook or is witnessed for the main character in the book/ movie Still Alice but there are many ways in which it can affect how a person behaves and thinks and some of these are outlined below:

  • Difficulties communicating what they want to say

  • Feeling confused

  • Problems with abstract thinking and planning

  • Loss of motor skills affecting co-ordinatio

  • Change in emotional state or mood

  • Memory loss

  • Visual or auditory hallucinations which can be frightening or confusing