Dementia describes a collection of symptoms that are caused by disorders affecting the brain. It isn't one specific disease.
Dementia affects thinking, behaviour and the ability to perform everyday tasks. Brain function is affected enough to interfere with a person's normal social or working life.
Dementia can happen to anyone and the risk of dementia increases with age. Most people with dementia are older, but not all older people develop dementia. It's not a normal part of ageing.
The early signs of dementia are very subtle and vague. Symptoms also vary depending on the type of dementia each person has.
Dementia is generally progressive, where symptoms begin slowly and gradually worsen over time.
It is important to remember that no two people experience dementia in the same way. People often lead active and fulfilling lives for many years after their diagnosis.
Some of the more common symptoms and signs include:
Read this guide to understanding memory loss and early signs of dementia.
There are many types of dementia. The varying forms of dementia impact the brain differently, which means the experience of dementia is highly individual but has similar themes across the same forms.
It's important to identify the form of dementia you or someone you care for may be experiencing, as that will help with setting goals for the future and understanding changing behaviours.
A resource outlining the different types of dementia and what they might mean for you.
Information about Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia.
Information about vascular dementia, which is widely considered the second most common cause of dementia.
Information about Lewy body dementia (LBD), a type of progressive dementia.
Essential resources for awareness, diagnosis and management of frontotemporal dementia.
Information about Huntington’s disease (HD), a genetic neurodegenerative disease and a type of dementia.
Information about Parkinson's disease, a progressive neurological condition characterised by movement and no-movement symptoms.
A website inspiring people with dementia to live a high quality life. The site encourages you to discover new hobbies and activities and continue participating in the activities you love.
There are many education training resources available to assist in learning about dementia. Browse the websites below to access online or face-to-face training.
Free online dementia courses, tailored training, workshops, and events.
This centre is at the forefront of translational research and support for people with dementia and their carers. You can access online free and paid courses.
A centre providing a range of nationally accredited courses and award-winning professional dementia education.
This website is full of colourful, interactive and age-appropriate content for children and teenagers who know someone with dementia. It provides education about dementia using videos, games and quizzes as well as sharing experiences of other young people in similar circumstances.
Learn about dementia
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