The word 'dementia' describes a set of symptoms that over time can affect memory, problem-solving, language and behaviour. Alzheimer's disease is the most common type of dementia.
Dementia is a term used to describe the decline in cognitive function that ultimately can impair a person's ability to carry on their daily lives. Your surgeries have got together to create this information page to help support both the person showing signs of Dementia and also their carers.

About dementia

Dementia is a group of symptoms. It’s caused by different diseases that damage the brain. The symptoms get worse over time and include:

  • memory loss
  • confusion and needing help with daily tasks
  • problems with language and understanding 
  • changes in behaviour.

Dementia is progressive, which means symptoms may be relatively mild at first, but they get worse over time. There are many types of dementia but Alzheimer’s disease is the most common. The next most common is vascular dementia. 

If you want to find more information on what Dementia is, its symptoms and how to get a Dementia diagnosis please visit the Alzheimer's Society website.
If you would like to speak to somebody about memory loss, please contact our care coordinator team at blmkicb.hatters@nhs.net