Dementia is not a disease itself but rather a collection of symptoms, that vary according to the part of the brain that is damaged.

'Dementia' describes a set of symptoms that include:

  • Loss of concentration and memory problems,
  • Mood and behaviour changes, and
  • Problems with communicating and reasoning.

If you are experiencing any type of memory loss symptoms, you should make an appointment to visit your doctor.

Preventing dementia

The risk of developing dementia increases with age. However, there are other risk factors which are lifestyle related, including:

  • smoking;
  • lack of physical activity;
  • poor diet;
  • too much alcohol; and
  • being overweight.

Useful links about the signs of dementia