The later stages of dementia

2. The progression of dementia

Dementia is a progressive condition. This means it will get worse over time because of damage to the person’s brain, and this will have a big impact on the person’s mental abilities (including memory and communication).

The speed at which dementia worsens varies widely. There are some differences between the different types of dementia – Alzheimer’s disease, for example, seems to have the slowest progression on average. There is also variation from person to person. For more information see factsheet 458, The progression of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.