Healthdirect Free Australian health advice you can count on.

Medical problem? Call 1800 022 222. If you need urgent medical help, call triple zero immediately

healthdirect Australia is a free service where you can talk to a nurse or doctor who can help you know what to do.

beginning of content

Dementia

Dementia is a condition that affects a person’s thinking, their behaviour and their ability to perform everyday tasks. There are more than 100 different causes of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia and dementia with Lewy bodies. Dementia is more common in older people, although people under 65 can develop so called younger onset dementia. Learn about common dementia worries, how to prepare your home environment and caring for someone with dementia in this section.


 

Early diagnosis of dementia means early access to support, information and possibly medicines.

Dementia

Dementia is an umbrella term that refers to symptoms caused by changes in the functioning of the brain that affect memory, personality and behaviour. ...

Worried about dementia

Worried about dementia?

You might be worried you or a family member has dementia. Learn tips to help you understand the early signs of dementia and how to raise concerns with...

Making your home safe and comfortable for a person with dementia is very important.

Dementia and your home

Making your home environment safe and comfortable for a person with dementia is very important. Find out more by reading these helpful resources.

Alzheimer's disease is the most common form of dementia.

Alzheimer's disease

Alzheimer's disease affects your brain functions, memory and behaviour. Find out about symptoms, how it’s diagnosed, and how to help delay its onset.

Younger onset dementia

Younger onset dementia

People under 65 can develop so-called younger onset dementia. Learn about planning, legal rights and respite care for people with early onset dementia...

Caring for someone with dementia.

Caring for someone with dementia

Caring for someone with dementia can be frustrating and stressful at times, but there are organisations that can help with training and support.

Respite care for people with dementia

Respite care for carers of people with dementia

There are many ways to get respite care. Here is some information about the different types of respite care available and programs to look into.

Dementia can make driving difficult as it can affect memory, concentration, judgement and vision.

Dementia and driving

Dementia can affect your memory, concentration, judgement and vision, which can make driving a car more difficult. Learn about how it can affect drivi...

Need more information?

These trusted information partners have more on this topic.

Found 261 results

Dementia (Alzheimer's disease) carers' information video | myVMC

Caring for people with dementia or Alzheimer's disease is challenging. This video presents practical strategies for caring for Alzheimer's carers.

Read more on myVMC – Virtual Medical Centre website

Dementia (Alzheimer's disease) information video | myVMC

Living with dementia and providing dementia care can be difficult. Watch tips and advice from doctors and people with Alzheimers disease in this video.

Read more on myVMC – Virtual Medical Centre website

Preventing dementia (Alzheimer's disease) video information | myVMC

Dementia or Alzheimer's disease may be prevented with blood pressure lowering therapies (antihypertension treatment) and other heart health measures.

Read more on myVMC – Virtual Medical Centre website

Alzheimer's Australia | Vascular dementia

Vascular dementia is the second most common cause of dementia after Alzheimer's disease. What is vascular dementia? Vascular dementia is the broad term for dementia associated with problems of circulation of blood to the brain. Are there different types of vascular dementia? There are a number of different types of Vascular dementia. Two of the most common are Multi-infarct dementia and Binswanger's disease.

Read more on Alzheimer's Australia website

Alzheimer's Australia | Alzheimer's disease

Alzheimers disease is the most common form of dementia, affecting up to 70% of all people with dementia Quick facts Alzheimer's disease damages the brain, resulting in impaired memory, thinking and behaviour The biggest risk factor for having Alzheimers disease is increasing age, with three in ten people over 85 having dementia Sporadic Alzheimers disease can affect anyone of any age Familial Alzheimers disease is a very rare genetic condition, with an age of onset of less than 65 years

Read more on Alzheimer's Australia website

Alzheimer's Australia | Genetics of dementia

People affected by dementia are often concerned about whether the condition can be passed along in families. Here we discuss the role of heredity in Alzheimers disease and other forms of dementia.

Read more on Alzheimer's Australia website

Alzheimer's Australia | Areas of dementia research

Researchers are currently investigating a number of aspects of dementia. Research into the causes of dementia There is still much to learn about the possible causes of dementia, including Alzheimer's disease - the most common form of dementia.

Read more on Alzheimer's Australia website

Brain Foundation | Dementia (Non-Alzheimer type)

Dementia (Non-Alzheimer type) Dementia (Non-Alzheimer type) (See also Alzheimers Disease) Description The term dementia is used to describe the pattern of deteriorating intellectual function particularly (although not exclusively) in the elderly that can occur as a result of various neurological disorders

Read more on Brain Foundation website

Alzheimer's Australia | I have dementia

I have dementia Dementia affects people in different ways and each person will find their own approach to managing changes associated with dementia. You may have received a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease or another form of dementia and you may have many questions about what it means, what to do next and who can help. The pages below provides a range of information, ideas for you to consider and suggest types of support that Alzheimers Australia can offer you.

Read more on Alzheimer's Australia website

Alzheimers disease

Alzheimers disease is a form of dementia.

Read more on WA Health website

Healthdirect 24hr 7 days a week hotline

24 hour health advice and information you can count on

1800 022 222

Government Accredited with over 140 information partners

We are a government-funded service, providing quality, approved health information

Australian Government, health department logo ACT Government logo New South Wales government, health department logo Northen Territory Government logo Government of South Australia, health department logo Tasmanian government logo Government of Western Australia, health department logo
Feedback