Dementia Action Week unites people, workplaces, schools and communities to take action and improve the lives of people living with dementia.
What is dementia?
Dementia is caused when the brain is damaged by diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease or a series of strokes. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia, but not the only one.
Dementia describes a set of symptoms that may include memory loss and difficulties with thinking, problem-solving or language. The changes are often small to start with, but for someone with dementia it has become severe enough to change their daily life. A person with dementia may also experience changes in their mood or behaviour.
Symptoms of vascular dementia
These problems can make daily activities increasingly difficult and someone with the condition may eventually be unable to look after themselves.
If you are concerned you have early symptoms of dementia, especially if you you’re over the age of 65, book an appointment to see your GP. If you’re concerned about someone else, try and encourage them to go and see their GP.
If it is spotted at an early stage, treatment may be able to stop the vascular dementia getting worse or at least slow it down.