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Dementia information

What is dementia, how to get a diagnosis and how to reduce your risk of dementia or delay it’s impact

What is dementia?

Dementia is an umbrella term for a range of progressive disorders affecting the brain, including Alzheimer’s disease. Read our information

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Prevention and risk factors

There are some things that can increase your risk of getting dementia, including age and gender. There are also ways to reduce your risk of dementia or delay its impact

How to reduce your risk of dementia

Symptoms of dementia

Here, you can find out about the main symptoms of the most common types of dementia. Be aware that everyone has their own experience of dementia, and the symptoms may vary between people

What are the symptoms?

Stages of dementia

Dementia is a progressive condition that gets gradually worse over time, and as yet, there is no cure or treatment that slows this progression down. This may happen quickly or slowly, depending on factors including the type of dementia, the person’s age, their general health, and their lifestyle. It can be helpful to think of dementia progressing in three stages – early, middle and late stages

What are the stages?

How to get a diagnosis of dementia

If you are concerned about your own memory, or you are worried about changes you have noticed with memory, communication, personality or behaviour of someone close to you, it is important to consult a GP as soon as possible, so that an accurate diagnosis is made

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