Memory loss and dementia

Advice and help for those living with memory loss or dementia, and their carers.

*In addition to the below, the IDEAL Programme has a leaflet with five key messages about how people with dementia can stay well during the coronavirus pandemic.*

Dementia is a group of symptoms caused by damage to the brain. Symptoms include memory loss, difficulties with thinking, problem-solving or language.

The  Alzheimer's Society (opens in a new window) has more information on the different types of dementia and the symptoms.

Becoming forgetful does not mean that you have dementia, memory loss can be a normal part of ageing or the symptom of a medical condition such as a water infection (UTI). But if you're at all worried about yourself or someone else becoming forgetful or confused, speak to a GP or a Memory Support Advisor.  You may also find the information from the Dorset Healthcare University NHS Foundation Trust Memory Assessment Service (opens in a new window) helpful.

NHS Choices (opens in a new window) has information about what to expect when you see your GP about dementia and how a diagnosis is made. 

Alzheimer's Society also has advice on what to do if you're  worried about your memory (opens in a new window) or  worried about someone else's (opens in a new window).  The brochure ' Living Well With Dementia in Dorset (opens in a new window)' is a directory of services and support for people with dementia and memory loss, their carers and families.

Learning disability

People with a learning disability are at greater risk of developing dementia. It also tends to occur at an earlier age (especially for those with Down's syndrome). The symptoms in the early stages can be different and difficult to spot and can progress more quickly.

For these reasons, it is even more important to get an early diagnosis. If you care for someone with a learning disability and are concerned about signs of memory loss or dementia, contact your GP or the Memory Support and Advisory Service (opens in a new window).

Alzheimer's Society (opens in a new window) has more information about learning disabilities and dementia.

Page last updated: 18/08/2021 11:51