It was both a shock and a relief when my doctor told me that the problems I'd been having with my memory was dementia. It wasn't just an ageing.
At first, it was scary for both of us. But now we know we need to focus on everything we can to slow progression of disease and to make the best of things.
Professor Susan Kurrle
Dementia progresses differently in everybody. If you have Alzheimer's Disease, it can progress quite slowly. Particularly if you work on things like physical exercise and mental exercise, you can slow the progression of the disease.
There are a number of medications that have been shown to help the symptoms of dementia.
It's important to that with Alzheimer's Disease, we still don't know what causes it, and we have no cure for it. We only have treatment to help the memory problems, and these are available through your local doctor.
Last reviewed: December 2015