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What is dementia?

Dementia is a set of symptoms that may include:

  • memory loss
  • difficulties with thinking
  • difficulties with problem-solving or language

Find out more about the symptoms of dementia.

Dementia is caused when the brain is damaged by diseases, such as Alzheimer's disease or vascular dementia. Dementia is progressive, which means the symptoms will gradually get worse.

It is not a natural part of ageing and there are ways in which you can reduce your risk of dementia. Dementia is not the only cause of memory problems.

If you are experiencing memory problems it is important to see your GP as soon as possible. Your GP may refer you to the memory clinic.

More information

There are a range of resources on dementia online:

Contact information

Dementia Adviser

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