Here you’ll find out more about what dementia is, the signs and risk factors, and ways to reduce the risks of getting dementia.
What is Dementia?
Dementia is an ‘umbrella’ term used to describe a large group of conditions symptoms that affect your memory, social skills, language, problem-solving and rational thinking. Dementia is a progressive illness with no cure although there are things that you can do to reduce the risks and live well.
There are many different forms of dementia the 2 main types being Alzheimer’s and Vascular Dementia. The specific symptoms and experiences of someone with dementia will depends on what type of dementia they have and will often vary for each person. .
Signs & Types of Dementia
There are different types of dementia and they tend to affect people differently. How other people respond to them, and the environment around them, are other factors that will affect how well someone can live with dementia.
A number of factors could increase a person’s risk of developing dementia. Some of these can be avoided whereas others cannot be controlled. A person may not necessarily develop dementia in the future even if they have these risk factors.
Reducing the Risks
Although getting older is the biggest risk factor for dementia, evidence shows there are things you can do to help reduce your own risk. These include keeping active, eating healthily and exercising your mind.
Did you know?
Dementia is sometimes mistakenly considered to be one disease, but it is actually a group of diseases that affect people in many different ways. Just as there are different types of heart disease or cancer, there are different types of dementia.