What is dementia

“Dementia” is a generic term for a range of symptoms caused by damage to the brain. Normally, the person’s memory and ability to plan and carry out everyday tasks are impaired. Language and the person’s concept of time and orientation capacity are other so-called cognitive capacities that are adversely affected. Worry, depression and behavioural changes can also be part of the pattern of the illness. The symptoms make it difficult for people with dementia to cope with life without support from those close to them.

Different types of dementia

There are many types of dementia. The most common are Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia. Many dementias are progressive, meaning symptoms start out slowly and gradually get worse. If you or a loved one is experiencing memory difficulties or other changes in cognitive skills, don’t ignore them and contact your doctor. Read more on dementiaforum.org.

Useful Sources:

dementiaforum.org – a global platform for caregivers of people with dementia

Mobile Apps:

Free of charge mobile apps for caregivers and relatives of people with dementia:

  • Memory Box (available in in English, Danish and Swedish)
  • Dementia Support (available in English, Dutch and German)
  • Elderly care (available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Arabic, Swedish, Russian, Polish, Turkish, Portuguese)