Dementia is a collection of symptoms caused by damage to the brain.
The common symptoms of dementia include:
- memory loss
- difficulty concentrating
- confusion about the time and where you are
- struggling to follow a conversation or find the right words
- difficulty carrying out daily tasks
What to do if you’re worried about your memory
If you’re worried about becoming forgetful or confused, or you think you may have dementia, speak to your GP.
There can be reasons other than dementia that cause memory difficulties. Your GP can arrange tests to help rule out any other causes.
If your GP thinks you have dementia, they may refer you to the Memory Assessment Service. They can do some memory tests, make a diagnosis and give you support.
Find out more about dementia on the NHS website, including how it’s diagnosed.
Where to get help
There are local services for people with dementia, and their carers.
- get support from the Alzheimer’s Society
- find local support services on My Life
- get help from the Carers Hub
If you find it difficult to cope at home, ask for an assessment from Adult Social Care. They can tell you what care and support is available.
If you need help to express your views and wishes, find out how an advocate could help.
- To find out how we're improving dementia services across Brighton & Hove, download the dementia needs assessment (PDF 1.54MB)