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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 — an overview

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 that you or a family member has dementia. Learn the early signs of dementia and how to raise concerns with your doctor.

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

Dementia and the home environment

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

Alzheimer's disease

Alzheimer's disease affects brain function, memory and behaviour. Learn about the symptoms, how it’s diagnosed and how to delay its onset.

Younger onset dementia

People under 65 can develop 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

Caring for a person with dementia can be rewarding, but physically and emotionally tiring. Regular breaks from your caring role (respite) are vital.

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 makes driving a car more difficult. Here's what you need to know.

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