The word dementia describes a set of symptoms that may include memory problems, difficulty concentrating, struggling with planning and attention, difficulties with language and sometimes changes in a person’s mood or personality.
These symptoms may range from mild, where they may be difficult to recognise at first to so severe that it affects someone’s day to day life.
Dementia is caused when the brain is damaged in some way, Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of damage but not the only one. Dementia caused following a series of strokes is often referred to a vascular dementia. Some people may have more than one disease process affecting them and they may be diagnosed with a Mixed Type dementia.
There is currently no cure for dementia although getting a diagnosis in the early stages can identify treatments which can slow down the deterioration and help prepare and plan for the future.
For further information and support please go to memoryinbeds.org.uk or call 0300 111 9090