What is dementia?

Dementia is a common condition that affects over 850,000 people in the UK and the number is set to rise to 1 million by 2021 according to the Alzheimer's Society website.

Dementia describes symptoms that may include memory loss, difficulties with thinking, problem-solving or language and sometimes changes in mood or behaviour.  

Dementia is not a natural part of ageing and it occurs when the brain is affected by a disease or a series of strokes. 

There are many types of dementia, with the most common types being Alzheimer's disease and vascular dementia and some people have a combination of these, known as mixed dementia.

 

Relevant Topics

 

Dementia

What is Dementia?

Dementia treatment

Living with Dementia

Tips for Living with Dementia

Dementia Services

Shropshire CCG Dementia Day

Shropshire Services & Self-Help Support Groups - Dementia

National Services - Dementia

 

Self Care and Support

Self Care and Support - Introduction