What is dementia?

Dementia stems from a range of disorders affecting the brain. It comes in different forms, the commonest being Alzheimer’s disease and vascular disease.

Symptoms include loss of memory, confusion, and changes in personality, mood and behaviour.  The ability of people with dementia to look after themselves becomes increasingly affected.

Dementia usually affects older people and becomes more common with age, although it can develop in younger people. It is important to remember that developing dementia is not a normal part of growing old and that most older people are never affected.

It is also important to remember that whilst you may feel you are having problems with your memory or other age-related issues, this does not mean you are necessarily getting dementia.


There are a wide range of services for people with all forms of dementia.

Increasingly the view is now that a person with dementia is as disabled as their environment makes them. So the aim is to provide services for the whole person and their family, so that independence and quality of life will be retained for as long as possible.

See our how to get help pages for more information.

Help for relatives and friends

"One day at a time" - talks, including discussion, for relatives and friends of people with dementia.

The sessions take place at:
The Miranda Barry Day Centre,
367a Fulham Road, 
SW10 9TN
(just a few doors down from the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital).