Dementia describes a set of symptoms associated with the decline of the brain’s abilities. These can include memory loss and difficulties with thinking, problem- solving or language.
It is a common condition and your risk of dementia increases as you get older.
It is caused when the brain is damaged either by disease or a series of strokes.
Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause but not all dementia is due to it.
The symptoms a person experiences will depend on the parts of the brain are damaged.
As well as the nature of disease that is damaging it.
Most types of dementia cannot be cured.
Dementia is progressive-meaning the symptoms will gradually get worse
But if it is detected early there are ways to slow it down and maintain mental function.