What is Dementia?

Dementia is a set of symptoms that may include memory loss and difficulties with thinking, problem-solving or language. Dementia is caused when the brain is damaged by diseases, such as Alzheimer's disease or a series of strokes.

Dementia causes a progressive decline in people’s ability to think, reason, communicate and remember. Their personality, behaviour and mood can also be affected. Everyone's experience of dementia is unique and the progression of the condition varies. There are many different types of dementia although some are far more common than others. Some symptoms are more likely to occur with certain types of dementia.

Dementia affects over 800,000 people in the UK. It is not a disease in its own right and it is not a natural part of ageing.

There are Specialist Day Care centres which are specifically designed for people with dementia. These Day Care centres give people the opportunity to socialise with other people in their community who also have dementia and are centred around encouraging social interaction and entertainment. Specialist Day Care centres aim to provide support in a group setting; however there are also opportunities to access individual support.

There are also Specialist Care Homes which provide 24 hour assistance to people who are no longer able to live independently at home. These care homes are designed to provide an intense level of care which will meet the specific requirements of their residents. They provide peace of mind for you and your relatives by ensuring that you are in a safe environment and making sure that all of your needs are met.

Further information on Dementia can be found on Alzheimer's Society Website.