Most people with dementia live at home, with support from family and friends. As time goes on, a person who has dementia will need more support from medical professionals.
Doctors, nurses and care workers cannot cure the illnesses that cause dementia, but they can help to make sure that a person with dementia stays as well as possible, for as long as possible.
They may be able to suggest practical activities that help with memory, thinking skills or speaking. They may offer treatments to help with symptoms like depression. They will try to help the person with dementia to stay healthy, and treat any other illnesses that they get.
Medical professionals can help to support the family of someone with dementia, too. If you are finding it hard to cope, feel worried, or have questions about dementia, you can talk to your family doctor (GP). If you are a young person who helps to care for a relative with dementia, you can find out where to get information and support here.
Sometimes, dementia affects a person who is in their 30s, 40s or 50s. This is rare, and it is known as early-onset dementia. In the UK, about 40,000 people are living with early-onset dementia. Because they are younger, people with early-onset dementia are more likely to have children or teenagers who are still living at home.
If you have a parent who is living with dementia, you will already know that it can be very different from having a grandparent or other relative with dementia. While some of the symptoms might be the same, your parent’s illness is likely to affect your life in many different ways.
Some young people help to care for a parent with dementia. This is a very difficult thing to do. If you are a young carer, visit the links page to find out where you can get information and support.