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I have dementia
If you have been told that you have Alzheimer's disease, vascular dementia or another dementia then this section is for you.
If you are experiencing memory problems or are having difficulties in performing everyday tasks then visit your doctor. There may be reasons, other than dementia, for your problems and the doctor will be able to check.
If you have been diagnosed with dementia, finding this out can come as a shock, even if you have felt that something was not quite right. You may have lots of questions about what this means, what happens next with your family, social and working lives, and who can help you.
It is important to know that you are not alone. You may be able to get help, support and information from:
- Your family and friends
- Your doctor
- Health and social workers
- Alzheimer associations and other voluntary groups
These Alzheimer associations have content aimed at people with dementia on their websites:
- Alzheimer's Association (USA)
- Alzheimer's Australia
- Alzheimer's Society (England, Wales, Northern Ireland)
- Alzheimer Scotland
- Alzheimer Society (Canada)
- Alzheimer's Association Japan (in Japanese)
- Romanian Alzheimer Society (in Romanian)
Other sites that may be helpful:
- 'Facing Dementia' - Health Scotland publication
- Dementia Advocacy and Support Network International (DASNI) - an organisation for those diagnosed with dementia, working together to improve quality of life