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What is dementia?
Dementia is a common condition. Your risk of developing dementia increases as you get older, and the condition usually occurs in people over the age of 65.

Dementia is a syndrome (a group of related symptoms) associated with an ongoing decline of the brain and its abilities. This includes problems with:
  • memory loss
  • thinking speed
  • mental agility
  • language
  • understanding
  • judgement
What are the symptoms?
People with dementia can become apathetic or uninterested in their usual activities, and have problems controlling their emotions. They may also find social situations challenging, lose interest in socialising, and aspects of their personality may change.

A person with dementia may lose empathy (understanding and compassion), they may see or hear things other people do not (hallucinations), or they may make false claims or statements.
As dementia affects a person's mental abilities, they may find planning and organising difficult. Maintaining their independence may also become a problem. A person with dementia will therefore usually need help from friends or relatives, including help with decision making.

How can we help you?
Our later life and memory services in the boroughs of Halton, Knowsley, St Helens, Warrington and Wigan will work with you to help you cope with the effects of dementia. As the first step, we advise you to visit your GP because you will need a referral from them so we can start supporting you.

Further information
There are a number of national studies looking for people to be involved in research into dementia. To find out more or get involved, visit our research page.
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