While it’s true that some brain changes are inevitable when it comes to aging, major memory problems can indicate a more serious problem. That’s why it’s important to know the difference between usual age-related forgetfulness and symptoms that may indicate the development of a cognitive problem. If you are worried about your memory then make an appointment with your GP or talk to your district nurse. An early confirmation of the type of memory loss you are experiencing means that advice and support can be put in place that may stop or slow down the speed of decline and provide aids to help you, and the people who care for you, to feel safe and confident to enjoy an independent and fulfilling life.

Memory problems and dementia can also affect younger adults (below the age of 65), symptoms can be associated more with changes in vision, movement and behaviour, than memory loss. If you have concerns make an appointment to see your doctor.

Forms of dementia

Most cases develop as a result of Alzheimer's disease. Other forms of dementia include: 

  • Vascular dementia. This is due to problems with the blood vessels in the brain Brain damage is called by a stroke or a series of tiny mini-strokes
  • Dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB). A type of dementia where abnormal proteins called Lewy bodies are found in the brain
  • Dementia with Parkinson's disease
  • Frontotemporal dementia. A type of dementia where specific parts of the brain only are affected.
  • Mixed dementia

Contact details for local sources of help


Dementia Care Advisors: Call 01344 823220 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.