How dementia progresses

Find out more about the way dementia progresses, including what to expect at different 'stages' of the condition.

All types of dementia are progressive. This means that the structure and chemistry of the brain become increasingly damaged over time. 

How quickly dementia progresses depends on the individual. Each person is unique and experiences dementia in their own way.

The way people experience dementia depends on many factors, including physical make-up, emotional resilience and the support available to them. Viewing dementia as a series of stages can be a useful way to understand the illness, but it is important to realise that this only provides a rough guide to the progress of the condition.

Advice

In the early stages of dementia, a person’s symptoms will be noticeable and will affect their day-to-day life. Learn more about the early stages of dementia. 

Advice
The later stages of dementia can be a challenging time both for the person experiencing dementia and for those close to them. Find out what you can expect and where you can get help and support.
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Knowing more about the brain may help someone caring for a person with dementia to understand the condition and support them better.