Dementia Explained

Find out about the different types of dementia, the typical symptoms and what will happen once you’re diagnosed.

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  • 13 ways to sleep well when you have dementia

    Does the person you care for struggle to get a decent night’s sleep? Find out how to help someone with dementia sleep longer and feel more rested
  • What is Primary Progressive Aphasia (PPA)?

    Find out all the essential information about this form of frontotemporal dementia, including the causes and the symptoms
  • Who was Alois Alzheimer?

    You’ve probably heard a lot about the diseases they discovered or the drugs they created. Find out more about the scientists behind the biggest dementia breakthroughs
  • What is Posterior Cortical Atrophy?

    Posterior Cortical Atrophy (PCA) is a rare form of dementia which may be related to Alzheimer’s disease. Find out how it can affect you…
  • Is dementia fatal?

    Dementia is a terminal condition, but in many cases, it's complications which arise from dementia that can shorten life. It may seem like a morbid question, but finding out if you can die from Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia is often something people who've recently been diagnosed want to know. Read on if you want to know the facts…
  • Is there a test for dementia?

    If you’re worried that you or someone you know may have dementia, it is possible to do various tests to check if you may have the condition
  • What is cognitive stimulation therapy?

    Cognitive Stimulation Therapy is an increasingly popular and successful way to treat the symptoms of mild to moderate dementia. It’s also very enjoyable. Find out all the basic information you need to know
  • Can dementia be prevented?

    It’s a question many people want the answer to. Find out what steps you can take to prevent or reduce your risk of getting Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia and other types of dementia
  • What are anti-psychotic drugs?

    If your loved one has been prescribed anti-psychotic drugs to help deal with symptoms of dementia you might want to know more about them. Find out the essential facts about anti-psychotic drugs
  • What is the link between dementia and motor neuron disease?

    Find out what the connection is between dementia and motor neuron disease
  • What is a person centred approach (PCA) to dementia care?

    Receiving care which puts the person with dementia’s needs and desires first is called a ‘person centred approach.’ Here’s how to implement it.
  • What is mixed dementia?

    If you’ve only just heard about mixed dementia you probably want to find out more about the condition. Here’s all the essential information about mixed dementia
  • What are neurodegenerative diseases?

    If you, or a loved one, have recently been diagnosed with a neurodegenerative disease you’re probably anxious to know more about this group of complex diseases which can sound very scary. Find out all the key facts here
  • How do I join a drug trial?

    It’s easier than you might think to join a drug trial or research study for dementia, and it could be really beneficial, too.
  • What natural therapies are there for dementia?

    There are lots of alternative, complimentary and natural therapies that can help people with dementia. Here’s a round-up of some that may help...
  • What is the life expectancy for someone with dementia?

    It’s sad but true that people with dementia usually have shorter lives. However, exactly how much shorter their life will be varies enormously from person to person. Here’s the key information about life expectancy...
  • What is Korsakoff syndrome?

    You probably won’t have heard of Korsakoff syndrome unless you, or a loved one, has been diagnosed with it. So here’s all the basic information you need to know
  • What hope is there of finding a cure for dementia?

    A cure for dementia is what most people want and scientists have made great progress in finding one. Here’s what you need to know about future treatments - some of which might be just around the corner
  • Can strokes cause dementia?

    Find out what the link is between strokes and dementia
  • What is reminiscence therapy?

    Reminiscence therapy is a powerful and enjoyable way to connect with a person who has dementia and manage the symptoms of their illness. Best of all, it’s easy to do. Here’s what you need to know.
  • What is Younger/Early Onset Alzheimer’s & Dementia?

    Many people are shocked to discover that young people can get Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia. Find out about the different types of dementia which affect people under the age of 65
  • What is the difference between Alzheimer’s and dementia?

    You might think that Alzheimer’s and dementia are simply different words for the same condition, but they aren’t. Discover the key differences between Alzheimer’s and dementia and find out why the two terms cause so much confusion
  • Can I be DNA tested for dementia?

    You might have heard about DNA test for dementia, or maybe you know someone who’s had one. But DNA testing can be complex - so here’s the essential facts.
  • Can the progression of dementia be monitored?

    Doctors have developed several ways to check and monitor dementia once it’s been diagnosed. These are the key facts you need to know.
  • What causes dementia?

    Find out what is actually causing the different types of dementia...
  • What is dementia?

    You might have heard quite a bit about dementia but still not be completely sure what it is, or what a diagnosis could mean for you or a loved one. Find out all the basic information you need to know
  • How is dementia diagnosed?

    Find out everything you need to know about getting a diagnosis for dementia - and why it can help
  • Is dementia hereditary?

    If you or a relative has dementia you might be worried about the impact this could have on other members of your family. Find out all the latest information about whether dementia can be inherited
  • What are the risk factors for dementia?

    Find out if you, or someone you know, is at risk of developing dementia
  • What is dementia with Lewy bodies?

    Find out what the different signs and symptoms are of dementia with Lewy bodies
  • What are the drug treatments for dementia?

    Different medications can be used to treat Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. These are the essential facts you need to know about the various treatments available
  • What brain scans will I receive during a dementia test?

    There are several types of brain scans which might be used to diagnose dementia. Here’s the key facts that are worth knowing
  • Can a blood test show I’ve got dementia?

    You may need to have a blood test during the dementia diagnosis process. Find out why this happens and what they’re testing for...
  • What is vascular dementia?

    You might not have heard of vascular dementia until you - or someone you know - was diagnosed with it, but it is the second most common form of dementia. Here’s the essential information you need to know
  • What is Alzheimer's Disease?

    Whether you're newly diagnosed, or living with someone who has Alzheimer's, you're probably keen to learn everything you can about the disease. These are the essential facts you need to know.
  • What is frontotemporal dementia (Pick’s Disease)?

    It may be one of the less common types of dementia, but it’s important to recognise the signs and symptoms. Here’s what you need to know...

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