Dementia is the name given to a collection of symptoms that occur when the brain becomes damaged through disease. The disease causes loss of brain cells and the brain subsequently reduces in size. This damage to the brain changes the way that the brain functions and how a person responds to and copes with daily living. There are many diseases with symptoms described as ‘dementia’, the most common is Alzheimer’s disease. Dementias are usually progressive which means that they get worse and cannot be cured.
If you already have been diagnosed with dementia or memory loss, please find out how to get information and advice about care and support to ensure you get the help you need to live an independent and healthy life.