Dementia, AD, Alzheimer's Disease, Alzheimer Disease

What is Alzheimer’s?

Alzheimer’s is a disease which damages the brain. It is the most common cause of dementia in the UK, responsible for between 60 and 70% of cases.

Dementia is a term used to describe the symptoms associated with a decline in brain function – such as memory loss and problems with thinking and language. Its effects usually get worse over time.

What causes Alzheimer’s?

Old age, family history and untreated depression are all thought to be the main causes of Alzheimer’s.

It is also linked to lifestyle factors like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking, obesity, diabetes and lack of exercise.

What are the symptoms of Alzheimer’s?

The main symptoms of Alzheimer’s are:

  • Confusion, disorientation and getting lost in familiar places
  • Difficulty planning or making decisions
  • Problems with speech or language
  • Problems moving around without assistance or with self care
  • Personality changes, such as becoming aggressive, demanding or suspicious of others
  • Hallucinations and delusions
  • Low mood or anxiety

Are you affected by Alzheimer’s?

If you’re affected by Alzheimer’s, The Brain Charity can support you.

We are the only charity in the UK to be here for every one of the more than 600 different neurological conditions in existence. Individually, many are rare, but combined, they affect 1 in 6 people.

We provide practical help on all aspects of living with Alzheimer’s, emotional support such as counselling, phone befriending and group therapy and social activities to people with Alzheimer’s from all over the UK from our centre in Liverpool.

Looking to talk to someone?

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Phone us

Contact The Brain Charity now

Our friendly Information & Advice Officers are here to help. We endeavour to respond to all enquiries within 10 working days.

0151 298 2999

Looking to talk to someone?

  • Please tell us which neurological condition you are affected by and what you need support with.

Caring for someone affected by Alzheimer’s

We support carers, friends and family too

Are you a carer for or relative of someone with Alzheimer’s? It’s just as important for you to look after your own physical and mental wellbeing too.

The Brain Charity provides free support for carers, friends and family of people with any form of neurological condition, including Alzheimer’s, from anywhere in the UK.

We also run an additional carers advocacy service for all carers in Liverpool, regardless of which type of condition the person they care for has.

You don’t need to be a formal or registered carer

We can help you even if you don’t view yourself as a formal carer or claim Carer’s Allowance. Find out some of the ways we support carers below.

Other resources

The Brain Charity's library

The Brain Charity’s free public library has a range of resources on Alzheimer’s

Support groups

Alzheimer’s UK

Search for support groups in your local area here.

Support groups at The Brain Charity

Our Music Makes Us! sessions, providing physiotherapy through dance and speech and language therapy through singing, are available online or in care homes across Merseyside. Full details can be found here.

Alternatively, you can check out our list of related support groups here.

Other charities

Alzheimer's Society

Helpline: 0300 222 1122


Dementia UK

Helpline: 0800 888 6678