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Dementia is a term that is used to describe a collection of symptoms including memory loss, problems with reasoning and communication skills, and a reduction in a person's abilities and skills in carrying out daily activities such as washing, dressing, cooking and caring for self.

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Memory loss can be one of the first symptoms that people notice, for example forgetting things that have happened earlier in the day, getting confused about messages and who people are, getting lost whilst out and about.  Some people may experience problems with expressing themselves, talking and understanding things. They get confused about words and might use the wrong words for common things and mix words up.

There are a number of different types of dementia the most common being Alzheimer's disease, vascular dementia, Fronto temporal dementia and Dementia with Lewy bodies.  Dementia is a progressive condition, which means the symptoms will gradually get worse. This progression will vary from person to person and each person will experience dementia in a different way.

Getting help

Links to some of the main organisations who are able to provide help and information are provided below. 

A range of advice and information is also from West Berkshire Council Adult Social Care including help for carers, help to remain living independently at home, information about transport and details of other accommodation such as care homes, sheltered accommodation and supported living - please refer to the related pages section opposite.  

Useful links:

Age UK

Alzheimer's Society

Carers UK

Crossroads Care

Direct Gov

Dementia UK


NHS Choices

NHS Local

The Princess Royal Trust for Carers

This page was created on 04/03/2011 and last updated on 30/04/2013. - Print this page.
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