Understanding Dementia


The term dementia is an umbrella term used to describe a group of symptoms that may include memory loss, confusion and difficulties with thinking, problem-solving, perception or language. The image below shows some of the most common types of dementia. The way that dementia affects each individual is different, and the symptoms that someone experiences will depend on the parts of the brain that are affected. Dementia is not a natural part of aging, but age is the biggest risk factor. It is more common in people over the age of 65, but there are an estimated 42,000 people in the UK under 65 with a diagnosis of dementia.

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If you are concerned that you or someone you care for is experiencing symptoms of dementia, we recommend that you seek advice from your GP as soon as possible. The symptoms may be caused by another medical condition, such as a urinary tract infection or depression, so it is always important to talk to a medical professional to get the correct treatment.

We understand that seeking a diagnosis of dementia can be a daunting prospect, but early diagnosis can help you to access relevant treatment as well as advice, support and information. At any point in this process you can call Dementia Forward and we can talk you through the best course of action. The Dementia Forward team delivers personal support and advice to each individual, through our Helpline, home visits and wellbeing groups.

You can read more about dementia on the NHS Website. You can also contact us if you are interested in finding out more about our awareness training and dementia education courses – or visit our dedicated Training Page.