Dementia is a syndrome (a group of related symptoms) that is associated with an on-going decline of the brain and its abilities. These include:
Most cases of dementia are caused by damage to the structure of the brain, as a result of this, people with dementia may have problems controlling their emotions and can find social situations they may have been very used to more difficult and confusing. Aspects of their personality may change or they may see or hear things that other people do not, or have false beliefs. People with dementia will with time need help from friends or relatives, including help in making decisions.
There are many different types of dementia, including:
Dementia is progressive, meaning that symptoms are likely to worsen over time. There is currently no cure, but treatments can slow the progression. There are also ways to help manage the symptoms. Some people find it helpful to make plans for the future on receiving a dementia diagnosis - the Planning Your Future Care leaflet can be a useful resource for this.
Alzheimer's Society's Dementia Friends programme offers interactive one hour sessions aimed at increasing people's awareness and understanding of dementia. Public sessions are regularly offered in Coventry and surrounding areas. For an up to date list, and to book, please see the Dementia Friends website.
Coventry and Warwickshire's Living Well With Dementia Portal provides further information on dementia.