Information on Dementia

About dementia

There are currently 750,000 people living with some form of dementia in the UK. This figure will rise to over one million by 2025.

Dementia can happen to anyone. It is not a natural part of ageing – it is caused by diseases of the brain that rob people of their lives. Symptoms include loss of memory, mood changes, confusion and problems with speech and understanding.

Dementia is progressive, which means the symptoms will gradually get worse.
In the later stages of dementia, the person affected will have problems carrying out everyday tasks, and will become increasingly dependent on other people.

There is currently no cure for dementia, but, with the right support, people can live well with dementia.

Alzheimer’s Society

Alzheimer’s Society provides a wide range of local services across England, Wales and Northern Ireland, which can be viewed on our local information map. Services available include Dementia Advisers and Dementia Support, care services, counselling and support groups, social activities, Befriending services, Dementia Cafés and Singing for the Brain.

Alzheimer’s Society National Dementia Helpline 0845 300 0336 can offer information, support and guidance to anyone who has concerns about memory problems or dementia.

Talking Point provides online support and discussion forums for anyone affected by dementia.

Alzheimer's Society also provides a wide range of publications which can be ordered in hard copy or to download for free. This includes research publications so you can stay up to date with any breakthroughs in dementia treatment.   

For further information;
Phone        +44 (0) 20 7423 3500

Alzheimer Scotland

Alzheimer Scotland has an extensive range of innovative and personalised support services designed around each individual. Services include day centres, home care and support groups. A network of branches and dementia advisors also work locally to raise awareness and to improve the position of people with dementia and their carers.

The Alzheimer Scotland Dementia Helpline 0808 808 3000 offers information and emotional support to people with dementia, their families, friends and health professionals.

For further information;

Phone      0131 243 1453

Dementia map