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About dementia

Dementia describes a set of symptoms that may include memory loss and difficulties with thinking, problem-solving or language.

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.

The NHS website contains more information about dementia.

The Alzheimer’s Society dementia guide is for anyone who has recently been told they have Dementia.

The memory handbook contains practical strategies on how to live well with memory problems.

Contact information

Dementia Adviser

Available: Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm