5 things you need to know about Dementia

Dementia is a progressive disorder that affects how your brain works and in particular the ability to remember, think and reason. It is not a disease in itself- but a group of symptoms that may accompany a number of diseases that affect the brain. Here are 5 things you need to know about Dementia


1. Dementia is not a natural part of ageing - Dementia is not a natural part of ageing and it does not just effect older people. Over 40,000 people under 65 in the UK have dementia.

2. Dementia is caused by diseases of the brain - Diseases such as Alzheimer's disease cause nerve cells to die, damaging the structure and the chemistry of the brain. Dementia is not usually passed down through genes.

3. Dementia is not just about losing your memory  - Dementia can affect the way people think, speak, perceive things, feel and behave.

4. People can still live well with Dementia  - Support and treatments are availbale that can help with symptoms and managing daily life. These can allow people with Dementia to lead active, purposeful lives and carry on doing the things that matter to them most.

5. Alzheimer's society will support you  -  For more information about Alzheimer's and support avaialable contact the Alzheimer's Society today. Visit the website Alzheimers.org.uk 

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