As three quarters of people with Alzheimer's say they feel anxious or depressed here are some key facts about the disease.
- Alzheimer's disease is the most common cause of dementia, affecting around 465,000 people in the UK.
- Symptoms can include loss of memory, mood changes, and problems with communication and reasoning.
- Women are slightly more likely to develop Alzheimer's disease than men.
- It is likely that a combination of factors, including age, genetic inheritance, environmental factors, lifestyle and overall general health, are responsible for developing dementia.
- Smokers are almost twice as likely to develop the disease as non-smokers.
- 77% of people withdementia felt anxious or depressed.
- Nearly 50% say they've lost friends since their diagnosis and many say they don't feel part of the community.