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Name Dementia
Related to/Also known as  
Symptoms of Dementia

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.

• The British Deaf Association has information in BSL about Dementia.

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's Society: Carer Information and Support Programme (CrISP)
Link opens in new window https://tinyurl.com/y89h96xa


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


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

Children & young people 

Explaining dementia to children and young people (Alzheimer's Society)
Link opens in new window https://tinyurl.com/y4bcceg4

Resources for Children and Young People (Dementia UK)
Link opens in new window www.dementiauk.org/children-and-young-people

Online resources

Effect of coronavirus on people living with dementia (The Brain Charity)

Coronavirus: Support for a person with dementia living alone (Alzheimer's Society)
Link opens in new window www.alzheimers.org.uk/get-support/coronavirus-support-person-dementia-living-alone#content-start

Coronavirus: Information for people affected by dementia (Alzheimer's Society)
Link opens in new window Coronavirus: Information for people affected by dementia

Should a person with dementia wear a face mask for coronavirus? (Alzheimer's Society)
Link opens in new window www.alzheimers.org.uk/blog/should-person-dementia-wear-face-mask-coronavirus

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

Making your home dementia friendly (Alzheimer's Society)
Link opens in new window https://tinyurl.com/yajevnxq

Dementia within African Carribean communities (Dementia UK)
Link opens in new window www.dementiauk.org/dementia-within-african-caribbean-communities

Link opens in new window Your unforgettable friend: a dementia-friendly activity booklet brought to you by Puzzler and The People’s Friend

 Living with a condition (The Brain Charity)

News and events

Our resources

Can I tell you about dementia?The library at The Brain Charity has a range of resources on Dementia 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