How dementia affects everyday life

Dementia is caused by diseases that damage the brain and affect a person’s ability to think, remember and go about their day-to-day life.

While everyone with dementia is different, common challenges include everyday activities like getting dressed, eating and bathing. Over time, a person with dementia will need more support to carry out these daily tasks.

Not everyone will experience all of these changes, and symptoms may progress at different rates and in different ways for each person.

This tool will help you understand some of the challenges people with dementia may face in their day-to-day life. It will also let you explore how we’re working to make life easier for people with dementia by developing pioneering new treatments.

Click the buttons below to go to find out more.

 

Click on the icons to see how certain daily tasks can become more challenging as dementia progresses.

 

 


 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

Click on the buttons to find out how new dementia treatments could impact day-to-day tasks.

 

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Symptomatic treatments

Disease-modifying treatments

 

The individual experience of living with dementia can vary enormously from person to person and so can the experience of those who provide care and support.

 

While caring for someone with dementia can be extremely rewarding, it can also present physical, practical and emotional challenges that people shouldn’t have to face alone.

 

Our information for people affected by dementia gives details of organisations that provide information, support and care services to people with dementia as well as their families and carers.

 

Our dementia information pages give an overview of the different diseases that cause dementia, more information about the symptoms associated with these diseases and treatments that are currently available.

If you are worried about changes in either your or someone else’s ability to carry out everyday tasks, consult your doctor.