About dementia

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Dementia is a condition that involves the deterioration of a person’s mental faculties, including memory, reasoning and thinking. Dementia is not a disease, although symptoms such as memory loss, mood swings, general confusion and changes in personality may accompany certain diseases or conditions that affect the brain.

As a rule, dementia affects older people, although it can develop in younger people as well (Early Onset Dementia). But normally dementia develops in people who are 60 years old or over – and it's important to note that dementia is not a typical result of growing old and the majority of older people do not develop the condition.

Useful links

- Understanding Dementia https://dementiaroadmap.info/stockport/category/preventing-well/understanding-dementia/

- Young Onset Dementia https://dementiaroadmap.info/stockport/category/preventing-well/young-onset-dementia/

https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/get-support/publications-and-factsheets/young-onset-dementia-understanding-your-diagnosis

- Reducing the risk of dementia

https://dementiaroadmap.info/stockport/category/preventing-well/risk-reduction/

- If you are worried about your memory

https://dementiaroadmap.info/stockport/category/preventing-well/worried-about-your-memory/

https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/sites/default/files/migrate/downloads/factsheet_assessment_and_diagnosis.pdf