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Reminiscence Project

Project Scope

As the population ages, the mental health conditions associated with old age become more prevalent. Dementia is much more common in people over the age of 85. It is anticipated by 2030 there will be a large increase (almost double) in the number of people with dementia in the 80-84 and 85+ age groups in Rhondda Cynon Taff, likely to be the result greater life expectancy and the effect of the baby boom population reaching the 85+ age group during the period.

  • There are around 800,000 people in the UK who have dementia.
  • The chance of developing dementia increases significantly with age. One in 14 people over 65 years of age, and one in six people over 80, has dementia. It is more common among women than men.
  • Over 17,000 younger people (under the age of 65) in the UK have dementia. This is called early-onset or young-onset dementia.
(Rhondda Cynon Taf Single Integrated Plan 'Understanding What Matters') The project is being delivered with:
  • Individuals living in areas of multiple deprivation.
  • Individuals receiving residential, health and emotional support.
  • Families of individuals suffering with dementia.

Methods and Outcomes

Dementia isn't a natural part of ageing. It occurs when the brain is affected by a disease. The elderly population in Rhondda Cynon Taf is increasing. The latest projections indicate that of trends continue, the number of persons aged 65 and over resident in Cwm Taf Health Board will increase by 50 per cent between 2008 and 2033 which will increase demand on many services. As the population ages, the mental health conditions most common in this age group become more prevalent, such as dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. The increase in the older population could also mean that more people over the age of 75 years old will be living alone on the borough, which can impact on their ability to maintain their independence. Everyone has a story to tell, and our well-being depends upon that story being validated and respected. Make a contribution to empower participants and their families to access better support through local service providers. Improvement in the lives of people affected by dementia. Partnerships: Sister Wendy (spiritual care ) George Thomas Hospital, Treorchy Funders: Big Lottery, Lloyds Foundation, SEWCED