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Memory loss and dementia

Memory loss is one of the symptoms most commonly linked with dementia—a condition or set of symptoms that also includes mood changes and issues with communication and reasoning. But becoming forgetful does not necessarily mean someone has dementia. Memory loss can be an effect of ageing, but it can also be a sign of stress, depression or medical conditions like vitamin deficiencies or other brain related illnesses.

According to the Alzheimer’s Society, there are 800,000 people with dementia in the UK. While most commonly associated with older people, dementia and its symptoms can affect younger people too. Most forms of dementia can’t be cured, but with an early diagnosis, a healthy general lifestyle and a solid caring network, you can continue to share positive experiences and enjoy yourself. At Jewish Care Interact, we've collected some resources that can help you and your carers plan for the future.

When it comes to communication, a positive memory from the past may be a useful link to connect the conversation to the present.

Remaining active, social and engaged is key to helping someone with dementia to feel positive and motivated. Additionally, technology can play a huge part in living independently and safely; it can also give considerable comfort to—and reduce the concerns of—friends, family and carers.

There are more than 100 different types of dementia. Some are better understood than others.

Patience and a good sense of humour will help during this transition in life, so along with good general health, a strong social and support network will be vital when it comes to facing memory loss or dementia.

This section of Jewish Care Interact can provide some groundwork to help you build the network you need in order to face memory loss and dementia.

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