There are 750,000 people with dementia in the UK with numbers set to rise to one million by 2021.
Alzheimer's Society is a membership organisation, which works to improve the quality of life of people affected by dementia in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Many of our 25,000 members have personal experience of dementia, as carers, health professionals or people with dementia themselves, and their experiences help to inform our work.
The Society's fight for a better world for people with all types of dementia takes a wide range of forms. Through our network of local services, we touch the lives of over 30,000 people every week, providing practical services and support for people with dementia and their carers. Every year, more than a million people make use of the information we provide.
Through campaigning and lobbying we strive to influence government policies and raise awareness of the challenges faced by people with dementia and the people who care for them. And through our research programme we work to improve the knowledge we have about dementia and its treatment - and pursuing the ultimate goal of finding a cure.
Dementia' is an umbrella term. It describes the symptoms that occur when the brain is affected by certain diseases or conditions. There are many different types of dementia although some are far more common than others. They are often named according to the condition that has caused the dementia. Some of the more common types are outlined below.
This is the most common cause of dementia. During the course of the disease, the chemistry and structure of the brain changes, leading to the death of brain cells.
Factsheet: What is Alzheimer's disease?
If the oxygen supply to the brain fails, brain cells may die. The symptoms of vascular dementia can occur either suddenly, following a stroke, or over time, through a series of small strokes.
Factsheet: What is vascular dementia?
This form of dementia gets its name from tiny spherical structures that develop inside nerve cells. Their presence in the brain leads to the degeneration of brain tissue.
Factsheet: What is dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB)?
As an introduction, you may wish to read our factsheet, What if I have dementia?
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Testimonials from visitors of previous shows
Kidderminster 12-6-16 at The Town Hall.
Just a few lines to thank you for the wonderful hospitality shown to me on Saturday. I enjoyed myself immensely and I was good to chat with the exhibitors at the Roadshow. My sincere thanks and gratitude to everyone involved. Councillor Mary Rayner, Mayor of Kidderminster
The Guildhall, Worcester 25-3-2017
"I thoroughly enjoyed walking around and talking to so many people at the event. It was so informative and I saw so many people doing good for others who were less fortunate than themselves. This kind of activity is so important for any civilized society so a very big "thank you" to you for organizing it all." Mr A
Mr and Mrs M said, " wonderful show, packed with information".
Mrs J said," I am so glad that I went in, there was something for everyone. I will definitely be going again next year".
Meanwhile, take a look at what went on when we visited Kidderminster in July