What is dementia? We explain what dementia is
What is dementia? It is a question that is often asked.
Dementia is an umbrella term for memory loss. That could be with diseases like Alzheimer’s which is the most common ‘disease of the brain’ that causes dementia in the UK and is said to affect over 60% of all diagnosed cases of dementia.
But there are other forms of dementia. You can find a list of other dementia here
It can be difficult trying to understand what is dementia. There are many reasons for forgeting things which all come under the heading of dementia. This can be because of medical diseases that affect the brain like Alzheimer’s. Or it could be due to taking drugs, medication or alcohol. This affects how the brain works and alters its ability to function correctly.
We have an easy to understand video produced by the Alzheimer’s Society explains how the brain is affected by the disease. It also looks at what is dementia and what causes diseases like Alzheimer’s to develop in the brain.
Watch the video on what is dementia.
You can find more details on the Alzheimer’s Association and other organizations that can help with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia on our groups page.
We have many more videos on dementia and what its like to live with somebody with the condition. You can read about how to care for somebody with dementia and how some of the many UK organisations help carers and sufferers with day-to-day living.