As a carer on the “outside”, dementia can be difficult to understand. This section is here to explain the different forms of dementia and help you understand your loved one’s condition better.
Dementia is the term we use to describe a collection of symptoms such as memory loss, confusion, or problems with communication. There are a number of diseases which cause dementia. The most well-known is Alzheimer’s disease. Other dementia-related diseases include vascular dementia and frontotemporal dementia. Altogether, there are 850,000 people in the UK living with dementia.
The type of dementia someone has will affect what symptoms they experience. For example, someone diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease is likely to experience problems with memory early on in the disease, while someone with Frontotemporal dementia is more likely to experience communication difficulties.
This section covers the four most common dementia-related diseases: Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia, Frontotemporal dementia, and dementia with Lewy bodies. We aim to expand our information in the future to cover rarer forms of dementia.
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