Everyone experiences dementia in their own way, and it is often possible to live well with dementia and to continue to do the things you enjoy. There are many factors which can affect a person’s experience of living with dementia, including: their attitude to the symptoms they’re experiencing, their relationships, the support they get and the services available in their community, as well as any medical treatment that may be appropriate.

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The word ‘dementia’ describes a set of symptoms that may include memory loss, difficulties with thinking, problem-solving or language, as well as changes in mood or behaviour. These symptoms are often less apparent to begin with, but over time can become harder to manage. Dementia symptoms are often caused by Alzheimer’s disease or brain damage caused by a stroke. The specific symptoms that someone with dementia experiences will depend on the parts of the brain that are damaged and the disease that is causing the dementia.