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FEATURE|ALZHEIMER’S SOCIETY| WHAT IS DEMENTIA?
   Gemma Jolly, Alzheimer’s Society Knowledge Officer, gives some insight into how demen a can affect someone’s ability to communicate
and offers some helpful  ps.
What is dementia?
People o en ask what the difference is between Alzheimer’s and demen a. The word demen a describes a set of symptoms that include memory loss and difficul es with thinking, problem­solving or language.
A person with demen a may also experience changes in their mood or behaviour. There are many types of demen a. The most common are Alzheimer’s disease and vascular demen a.
Demen a is caused by diseases of the brain – it’s not an inevitable part of ageing, as many people believe. The symptoms will gradually get worse as it progresses and there is no cure.
Demen a mainly affects people over the age of 65 but people under the age of 65 may also develop the condi on. There are es mated to be more than 42,000 people in the UK under 65 with demen a.
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