Most people with dementia live at home, with support from family and friends. As time goes on, a person who has dementia may 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, find out where to get information and support.
This information was updated in November 2019 and is due for review in November 2021. Please contact us if you would like a version with references.