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.
- Reducing Your Risk of Dementia Worl Health Organisation guidance [external link]
- Helping your brain stay healthy [PDF document]
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 Adviser who can offer support and advice. You can contact the Darlington Dementia Adviser on 01748 825817.
- What does a Dementia Adviser do? [external link]