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What is dementia?

Dementia is not a specific disease but is rather a general term for the impaired ability to remember, to think or to make decisions that interfere with doing everyday activities. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of dementia. Although dementia mostly affects older adults, it is not a part of normal aging.

What are the signs and symptoms of dementia?

Dementia is a general term and its symptoms can vary widely from person to person. People with dementia have problems with:

  • Memory

  • Attention

  • Communication

  • Reasoning, judgment and problem solving

  • Visual perception beyond typical age-related changes in vision
     

Signs that may point to dementia include:

  • Getting lost in a familiar neighbourhood

  • Using unusual words to refer to familiar objects

  • Forgetting the name of a close family member or friend

  • Forgetting old memories

  • Not being able to complete tasks independently

If you would like to know about developments and research in the field of dementia  you can visit the Alzheimer's Research website using the button below.

There is a world renown centre for dementia research on our doorstep. The Cardiff hub of the UK Dementia Research Institute's objective is "From gene to function: hunting for new treatment targets across Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and Huntington's disease."

Here are some useful YouTube sites

10 Early Signs of Dementia                                         https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CJ1tEtrPQzg

Tips for talking with your doctor                              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JWIPEXF3kGw

Treatments for dementia                                        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GQznQMAi8E0

Dementia: The Causes                                               https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=49Z2Qsa2rUY

How does a person with dementia see the world?   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q_sWiwI3yP0

What is dementia?                                                                                       https://youtu.be/nLdLfmFzLSo

Bookcase Analogy                                                    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WQ9uSR22qkI