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Dementia gradually gets worse overtime and is more common in older people.

 Dementia gradually gets worse overtime and is more common in older people.
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Video: an introduction to dementia

Dementia is a condition that affects a person's thinking, their behaviour and their ability to perform everyday tasks. Dementia gradually gets worse overtime and is more common in older people. Learn from an expert how to recognise signs of dementia and what can be done to reduce the risk of developing this condition.

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Where to go for help

Visit the Dementia Australia website to find out more about dementia and for information on services and programs in your area. Alternatively, you can call the National Dementia Helpline on 1800 100 500.

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Last reviewed: October 2018

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