What is dementia?

  • The term 'dementia' describes several symptoms which include loss of memory, mood changes and problems with communicating.
  • Dementia occurs when the brain is damaged by certain diseases, including Alzheimer's disease and damage caused by a series of small strokes.
  • Dementia is progressive and the symptoms gradually get worse. The progression depends on the individual person and what type of dementia they have.
  • Dementia affects 800,000 people in the UK and it mainly affects people over the age of 65.
  • However, it can affect younger people as there are over 17,000 people in the UK under the age of 65 who have dementia.

Source: www.alzheimers.org.uk

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