What is dementia?

Sometimes older people can become unwell. Dementia is an illness that stops the brain from working properly, here you can find out more about it and how it affects someone.

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This is Elmer the patchwork elephant, and we have a special reason for talking about brains together – when somebody has dementia, they can act a bit differently, just like Elmer’s Aunt Zelda.

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Andersen Press partnered with Alzheimer’s Research UK for the release of the paperback edition of

You can watch actor Will Poulter read the final tale in the Elmer series here.

What is dementia?

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This information was updated in November 2023 and is due for review in November 2025. Please contact us if you would like a version with references.