What is Dementia?

Dementia is a term used to describe various different brain disorders. There are over 100 types of dementia.

The most common are Alzheimer's disease, vascular dementia and dementia with Lewy bodies. Symptoms include loss of memory, confusion, problems with speech and understanding, personality changes, behaviour and mood.

Dementia usually affects older people and becomes more common with age, although it can develop in younger people.

Reducing your risk of dementia

Whilst there is currently no way we can completely prevent dementia, there may be some simple things we can all do that might help lower our risk.

What to do if you have concerns

If you are worried because you or someone you care for are having problems with any of the above symptoms contact your GP who will investigate and will refer you to further support if necessary. You can also talk to a Dementia Advisor who can offer support and advice. You can contact the Darlington Dementia Advisor on 01642 442030.