Where to find out more about dementia online

Set to be the 21st Century's biggest killer, Dementia will affect us all

If you’ve been affected by dementia – or you know someone who has – you’ll be aware of how devastating it can be. According to the Alzheimer’s Society, around 850,000 people in the UK have dementia and one in three people aged over 65 are likely to develop it.

So it’s vital that more people understand what dementia is and how to spot the symptoms. Here’s our rundown of the best websites that can help you find out more about the condition.

Top sites for information on dementia

The Alzheimer’s Society is one of the foremost experts on dementia in the UK and their website is a helpful place to learn more. Information on this website is presented in digestible chunks, so you won’t feel bombarded with details.  Here, you can find out more about what dementia is, how it progresses and the different types of dementia that exist. And if you want to learn more about specific aspects of the condition, there’s also a series of comprehensive fact sheets available to download for free.

The NHS dementia guide also offers a broad overview for people keen to learn more. As well as insight into the syndrome, there’s information here on local dementia services in England, which may be particularly useful if you’re searching for care facilities for a loved one. Additionally, the site mentions the Dementia Challenge, the UK government’s initiative to improve the lives of people with dementia and fight the disease. You can find out more about the Dementia Challenge online.

Age UK’s guide to dementia is another handy resource, particularly if you’re looking for a quick synopsis. For those who want to read further, there are plenty more resources to delve into on this website, including how music can help fight dementia and stories from well-known public figures on how dementia has affected their lives.

Discover how people are tackling dementia

Scouring the internet isn’t just a good way to learn the facts surrounding dementia – it’s also great for finding out what’s being done to tackle the condition and making connections with other people who have been affected. Dementia Friends, for example, is an acclaimed initiative from the Alzheimer’s Society. If you live in England, you can become a friend and get involved to help create more dementia-friendly communities. To keep in touch with what the group is up to, you can also subscribe to their newsletter online.

The Dementia Action Alliance is another pro-active group that works to create better communities and living conditions for people suffering from dementia. On their website, you can find out more about who they are, their action plans and their achievements. Unlike Dementia Friends, this alliance is a collection of organisations rather than individuals so only public bodies, businesses and charities can join. However, you can attend alliance meetings and set up your own local alliance if you’d like a more active role.

Alternatively, to find out more about scientific research into dementia visit Alzheimer’s Research UK. Here, you’ll get to learn more about dementia, as well as discover what research is being conducted and read the latest news on the disease. In fact, dementia research is likely to feature more prominently in the news over the next decade, following the recent G8 agreement to develop a dementia cure or treatment by 2025.


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Sara Hill
17th May 2017
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My husband has dementia which is getting worse
following a number of strokes. He has been in a nursing home which specialises in caring for dementia patients for over a year now. He is well cared for and I know I could not look after him properly at home because of his unpredictability and many care needs. It is awful seeing a clever man reduced to talking nonsense and and having no understanding of of where he is. Only two years ago we were enjoying a wonderful holiday which I won through Silver Travel Advisers and I am just thankful that we have our memories of happier times.
Susan Allan
9th Feb 2014
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Caring for a parent is particularly hard though I recognise that probably dealing with a partner who has Dementia will be even worse. Trying to keep the balance between respecting the adult and yet finding yourself in many cases looking after someone who is very child like, is heartbreaking.
A good round up of UK resources, but it would be helpful if local resources in Scotland, Wales and N. Ireland could also be identified as well as those in England. For me, it is not knowing what to expect next which is perhaps the most frustrating. God luck to everyone who is suffering in one way or another with this dreadful disease.
9th Feb 2014
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This is such a wicked illness. I take care of a lady with this . I feel for them also the carers . But you must do what you can for them. As you never know it can happen to anyone.

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