Understanding Dementia

Completely new to dementia? Or looking to learn more? This section is here to answer all of your questions about your condition and how to manage it.

Understanding Dementia

Completely new to dementia? Or looking to learn more? This section is here to answer all of your questions about your condition and how to manage it.

Introduction

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 you have will affect what symptoms you 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.

This section also includes a range of tips and advice on what you can do yourself to manage dementia. This includes tips on getting better sleep, managing memory problems, and keeping your mind stimulated.

Alzheimer’s disease

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, affecting more than 520,000 people in the UK.

What is Alzheimer’s disease

Key facts about Alzheimer’s disease: what it is, who it affects, what causes it, and what the symptoms are.

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FAQs about Alzheimer’s disease

Does Alzheimer’s disease run in families? What will things look like in a year’s time? This page has the answers.

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How is Alzheimer’s disease treated?

This page looks at the treatment options for Alzheimer’s disease and who’s responsible for your healthcare.

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Alzheimer’s disease and the brain

An in-depth look at how Alzheimer’s disease affects the brain, and the symptoms that occur as a result.

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Vascular dementia

Vascular dementia is a common form of dementia, affecting 150,000 people in the UK.

What is vascular dementia?

Key facts about vascular dementia: what it is, who it affects, what causes it, and what the symptoms are.

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FAQs about vascular dementia

Does vascular dementia run in families? What will things look like in a year’s time? This page has the answers.

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How is vascular dementia treated?

This page looks at the treatment options for vascular dementia and who’s responsible for your healthcare.

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Vascular dementia and the brain

An in-depth look at how vascular dementia affects the brain, and the symptoms that occur as a result.

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Dementia with Lewy bodies

Dementia with Lewy bodies affects more than 100,000 people in the UK. It is sometimes known as Lewy body dementia.

What is dementia with Lewy bodies?

Key facts about dementia with Lewy bodies: what it is, who it affects, what causes it, and what the symptoms are.

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FAQs about dementia with Lewy bodies

Does dementia with Lewy bodies run in families? What will things look like in a year’s time? This page has the answers.

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How is dementia with Lewy bodies treated?

This page looks at the treatment options for dementia with Lewy bodies and who’s responsible for your healthcare.

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Dementia with Lewy bodies and the brain

An in-depth look at how dementia with Lewy bodies affects the brain, and the symptoms that occur as a result.

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Frontotemporal dementia

Frontotemporal dementia is a rarer form of dementia that can affect people under the age of 65.

What is frontotemporal dementia?

Key facts about frontotemporal dementia: what it is, who it affects, what causes it, and what the symptoms are.

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FAQs about frontotemporal  dementia

Does frontotemporal dementia run in families? What will things look like in a year’s time? This page has the answers.

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How is frontotemporal dementia treated?

This page looks at the treatment options for frontotemporal dementia and who’s responsible for your healthcare.

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Frontotemporal Dementia and the brain

An in-depth look at how frontotemporal dementia affects the brain, and the symptoms that occur as a result.

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Other types of dementia

Information about other dementia terms including mixed dementia and early onset dementia.

What is mixed type dementia?

An outline of what doctors mean by “mixed dementia”, how many people it affects, and what the symptoms are.

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What is early onset dementia?

This page looks at who is diagnosed with dementia under the age of 65 and what symptoms they might experience.

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Managing dementia

There’s no cure for dementia but that doesn’t mean that there is nothing that can be done to make life better.  Getting the right treatment is important – and this section has a page dedicated to that topic – but there’s a lot you can do yourself to manage the symptoms of dementia too.

The pages in this section is packed full of tips for tackling issues like sleep disorders, memory difficulties, or problems with mobility. It looks at what’s worked for other people, and what support you can get.

Getting the right treatment

An in-depth guide to assessing your treatment options with advice on what to do if you don’t think you’re getting the right treatment.

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Managing memory problems

Tips on making life with memory problems easier, including ideas for equipment or gadgets that can help.

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Maintaining mobility

Advice on how to stay mobile, and where to get support to get out and about.

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Tackling sleeping issues

Tips on setting up routines and changing what you do during the day so that you’re more likely to get a good night’s sleep.

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Keeping your mind stimulated

Advice on activities which can help you retain your skills and ensure that you’re operating at your best.

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Preventing other conditions

An overview of what you can do to stay healthy and prevent other long-term conditions like diabetes or heart conditions.

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