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What is it?

Dementia is a group of symptoms that is often associated with memory loss, but it can also cause other difficulties such as with organisation and communication. Dementia is caused by diseases of the brain. There are different types of dementia including Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia, dementia with Lewy bodies and frontotemporal dementia, which each have slightly different symptoms. The most common of these is Alzheimer’s disease. Dementia affects around 850,000 people in the UK. It usually occurs in people aged over-65, but it’s not a natural part of aging. Dementia need not stop you living a full and fulfilling life. Many people with dementia continue to work, have hobbies and socialise.

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These pages contain information about dementia and what support is available in West Sussex to help you. Click on the links above or use the arrows to the right and left or the heading at the top to move through this section and see what information is available.

Last reviewed: 04/03/2017

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