Doctors typically use the word ‘dementia’ to describe common symptoms – such as memory loss, confusion, and problems with speech and understanding – that get worse over time. Each type of dementia stops a person’s brain cells (neurones) working properly in specific areas, affecting their ability to remember, think and speak.
What are 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 can increase your risk of getting dementia? Find out how to reduce/prevent your risk of dementia or delay its impact.
It can be helpful to think of dementia progressing in three stages - early, middle and late.