Dementia is a group of symptoms caused by specific brain disorders. The most common cause is Alzheimer’s disease, but it can also be the result of a stroke or mini-strokes or other conditions.

Dementia can affect adults of all ages, but is much rarer in people under the age of 65. It is a progressive disease, which causes memory loss, mood changes, difficulties with communication and reasoning, and eventually problems with everyday tasks.

It can happen to anyone and there is currently no cure, but treatments can slow the progression of the symptoms. An early diagnosis can help people get the right treatment and support to live well with dementia, and help those close to them to prepare and plan for the future.