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Name Dementia
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Symptoms

Dementia is a term used to describe various different brain disorders, that have in common a loss of brain function that is usually progressive and eventually severe. The most common type of dementia is Alzheimer's Disease.

Symptoms of dementia include loss of memory, confusion and problems with speech.

Types There are over 100 different types of dementia. In addition to Alzheimer's Disease, Vascular Dementia, and Dementia With Lewy Bodies are the most common. For more information see the Alzheimer's SocietyLink opens in new window website
Useful national contacts

Dementia UK
Provides mental health nurses specialising in dementia care, called Admiral Nurses.
Link opens in new window www.dementiauk.org
Tel. 020 7697 4160

Admiral Nurses
Link opens in new window www.dementiauk.org/what-we-do/admiral-nurses


Young Dementia UK
Link opens in new window www.youngdementiauk.org


Lewy Body Society
Link opens in new window http://lewybody.org
Tel. 0131 473 2385


Alzheimer's Society (covers England, Wales, N. Ireland)
Link opens in new window www.alzheimers.org.uk
Helpline: 0845 300 0336


Alzheimer Scotland (covers Scotland)
Link opens in new window www.alzscot.org
Helpline: 0808 808 3000


Memory & Alzheimer's Cafés UK Directory
Link opens in new window www.memorycafes.org.uk


Huntingdon's Disease Association
Link opens in new window www.hda.org.uk
Tel. 0151 331 5444 


Parkinson's UK
Link opens in new window www.parkinsons.org.uk
Tel: 0808 800 0303


Stroke Association
Link opens in new window www.stroke.org.uk
Tel. 0303 3033 100


Dementia Research (NHS National Institute for Health Research)
Join dementia research - register your interest in dementia research
Link opens in new window www.joindementiaresearch.nihr.ac.uk

Online resources Alzheimer's Society - The Dementia Guide (YouTube)
Link opens in new window http://youtu.be/RLBuygIcttU

Alzheimer's Society factsheets in audio format
Link opens in new window http://bit.ly/1fgojzY


Dementia - Scotland (British Deaf Association video with BSL and text)
Link opens in new window www.bda.org.uk/health-dementia-scot

News and events

The 100,000 Genomes Project is looking for people with Dementia for research into their DNA and genes
Link opens in new window www.genomicsengland.co.uk/taking-part

Our resources

Can I tell you about dementia? The library at The Brain Charity has a range of reference resources on this condition and on a wide range of disability-related issues.

Visit our library to read Can I tell you about dementia? A guide for families, friends and carers by J. Welton and J. Telford. Or have a Link opens in new window look in your local library for this book.
Find this in a library at WorldCat.org