What is Dementia?

Dementia describes a collection of symptoms that are caused by disorders affecting the brain. It is not one specific disease. Dementia affects thinking, behaviour and the ability to perform everyday tasks. Brain function is affected enough to interfere with the person’s normal social or working life. Each person’s experience of dementia will be different.

There are many different types of dementia, the most common include Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia.

Dementia is not a normal part of ageing, although it is more common in older people. People in their 40s and 50s can also develop dementia. At present there is no cure for dementia however there are many types of support that health professionals can offer to enable people with dementia to continue to live well and enjoy life.

For more information visit:

Dementia Australia: https://www.dementia.org.au/

Dementia Support Australia: https://www.dementia.com.au/