Most of the diseases that cause dementia are progressive, which means that the symptoms get worse over time. Sadly, there is currently no way to stop or reverse the damage that these diseases do to a person’s brain.
A person who is living with dementia will change over time. Nobody can say for sure what the changes will be for that person, or when they will happen, because everyone experiences dementia in a different way.
In the early stages of dementia, some people have difficulties with some things but can still do other things well. For example, they may become very forgetful, but their personality and sense of humour may be normal. Or it may just be their speech or behaviour that changes initially, while their memory seems to be fine.
As dementia gets worse, people are affected by lots of different symptoms and need lots of extra help and support to do everyday things. This can be upsetting to see, especially when it is happening to someone you know or love.
At the bottom of this page you can see quotes from different young people who know somebody with dementia.
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This information was updated in November 2021 and is due for review in November 2023. Please contact us if you would like a version with references.