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Dementia is the term used for a group of symptoms which cause a decline in brain functioning.

What is dementia?

Typical symptoms of dementia include gradual loss of memory, mood changes, problems with language and difficulty in thinking and reasoning. Dementia is progressive, which means the symptoms will gradually get worse.

There are several types of dementia, including:

  • Alzheimer's
  • vascular dementia
  • mixed dementia
  • dementia with Lewy bodies
  • frontotemporal dementia

The most common type of dementia is Alzheimer's, which accounts for over 60% of people who are diagnosed with dementia.

More information about the different types of dementia can be found on the Alzheimer's Society website.

If you think that you or a loved one may have symptoms of dementia, contact your GP.

Memory Services

The Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust provides memory services which aim to help people who are worried about their memory.

You should firstly speak to your GP to discuss your concerns with them. Your GP may then refer you to the memory services.

Memory services - Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust

Support for carers

If you care for someone with dementia, there is also support available to you. Our carers section gives you information about that support and tells you how you can have an assessment so we can identify the help you need. Carers Bucks can also provide support and guidance to carers in Buckinghamshire.

Call: 0300 777 2722

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