News - 21st May 2019

Answering the big questions about dementia


If you could ask one question about dementia, what would you ask?


The Information Services team at Alzheimer’s Research UK provides up-to-date and accurate health information to the public about dementia. They answer many varied questions about the condition, but a few questions come up again and again.


To help raise awareness, they’ve created animations, narrated by award-winning actress Lindsay Duncan, which help answer two of the most frequently asked questions. They are:


  • What is the difference between dementia and Alzheimer’s?
    Are they the same thing? Are they different diseases? The answer can be tricky to grasp.
    This animation will make it easier to understand.


  • How exactly is dementia diagnosed?
    It’s not unusual for people to be unsure where to start if they’re showing symptoms. Lots of people are unaware of the tests and brain scans specialists use. And many more don’t know that it’s not only dementia that causes changes in memory and thinking, other conditions can too.
    This animation helps to explain this, and the step by step process involved in assessment.


As this week is Dementia Action Week (May 20 – 26) we are asking you to share one or both of these videos on social media to raise awareness and answer two of the most frequently asked questions surrounding the condition.


You can find more information about dementia and answers to many more questions about the condition on our website.


If you would rather speak to someone about your concerns or would like more information, you can call our Infoline on 0300 111 5 111. Here our team can answer general questions about dementia and provide information on research and how you can get involved in it.

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