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Please note that the National Dementia Helpline will be closed tomorrow (Wednesday 26 November) for staff training. For support please visit our online support community Talking Point.

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About dementia

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The word dementia describes a set of symptoms that may include memory loss and difficulties with thinking, problem-solving or language. Dementia is caused when the brain is damaged by diseases, such as Alzheimer's disease or a series of strokes. Dementia is progressive, which means the symptoms will gradually get worse.

Find out about how dementia is diagnosed. We also have the latest stats on dementia.