Dementia is an illness that affects the brain and the memory. Over time, you have difficulty remembering things and being able to do things you used to be able to. Eventually you may not being able to do anything for yourself and may depend on others to look after yourself.
Most people with develop dementia when they are over 60 years old. Sometimes people under 60 can develop it, this is very rare.
At the moment there is no cure for dementia. Some things like depression can make dementia worse- doctors can help with this.
Caring for someone with dementia
If you or someone you know is caring for someone with dementia you can get more information from this booklet produced by NHS Health Scotland- Understanding Dementia: A Guide for Young People and from the Alzheimer’s Society.