Dementia and farming

Types of dementia

Dementia is a word used to describe a set of symptoms. Symptoms between the different forms of dementia can vary a great deal and can include memory loss, confusion and mood changes.

Dementia can be caused by a number of different diseases – Alzheimer’s disease is the most well-known and the most common, causing about two thirds of cases.

Other diseases that cause dementia include vascular dementia, dementia with Lewy bodies and frontotemporal dementia. Often, dementia is caused by both Alzheimer’s disease and either vascular dementia or dementia with Lewy bodies, sometimes known as mixed dementia

The Alzheimer’s Society have lots more useful information on the various types of dementia: Dementia friendly downloadable sign-up

Dementia-friendly rural community guide

  • When a person is living with a dementia-related condition it can have a significant effect on the ability to farm successfully. 
  • Dementia can seriously alter behaviour and has an impact on working patterns.  
  • There is also a safety concern on farms as they can be filled with hazards for the person living with dementia.
  • The Alzheimer’s Society have provided a sign up document in downloading a guide to coping with dementia in rural communities: Dementia friendly rural community guide.

Care UK published an article in 2017 on new research into dementia in rural and farming communities: New research on Dementia in rural communities

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