“Old age is not for sissies” is one of the last sentences in this thoughtful training film about the experience of having dementia and being in and out of hospital.
“Up to the age of 65, dementia develops in only about 1 person in 1000. The chance of having the condition rises sharply with age to 1 person in 20 over the age of 65. Over the age of 80, this figure increases to 1 person in 5” (figures from Alzheimer’s Disease International).
The more of us reach 80, the more of us may find ourselves confused in hospital corridors, or even our own home.
As a society, there is much we can do to make this a much more humane experience. And we can even help find a cure.