Information About Dementia

Dementia is a syndrome (a group of related symptoms) that is associated with an on-going decline of the brain and its abilities caused by a variety of diseases.  It’s not a normal part of ageing.  Symptoms include problems with.

  • Memory
  • Thinking
  • Language
  • Understanding
  • Judgement

People with dementia may become detached from everyday life, have problems controlling their emotions and may find social situations they had previously been used to more difficult and confusing. Aspects of their personality may change.  People with dementia may see or hear things that other people do not.  People with dementia may need help from friends or relatives, including help in making decisions.   Talk to your GP if you have concerns about your memory and learn more about living well with dementia. 

Benefits of an Early Diagnosis

An early diagnosis can be very important in ensuring that you are able to maintain the quality of life that you currently enjoy. You can then Plan for the Future and Access Community Support in East Dunbartonshire.  Although there is no cure for dementia at present, early diagnosis can allow access to various supports which are available.  Various factors increase the risk of developing dementia with ageing, genes, health and lifestyle all playing a part.  Learn more about Causes of Dementia.

Some people are diagnosed with a condition called Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI).    This causes symptoms that are similar to dementia, but which may not progress in the same way that dementia does and may have less of an impact on day to day living.  People with MCI have a higher risk of developing dementia, but not all of them will.

Managing your Condition

Each person will experience dementia in their own way and many people maintain their independence for many years.  In the middle to later stages you may need support with daily activities like cooking and housework, or personal care such as washing and dressing. How quickly dementia progresses varies from person to person.  Learn more about Living Well with Dementia.