Dementia is not a natural part of the ageing process, but is caused by illnesses that affect the brain.
Dementia is an umbrella term for over 100 different types of diseases and symptoms, and it is possible to have more than one type. What all these diseases have in common is that they damage brain cells, so that the brain cannot work as well as it should. The most common types of dementia are Alzheimer’s Disease and Vascular Dementia, but there are many more.
In Scotland, over 90,000 people have dementia. It is most common in older people but can affect people in their 40s and 50s, or even younger.
People often associate dementia with memory loss. Although it does often start by affecting a person’s short term memory, dementia can also affect the way people think, speak, perceive things, feel and behave.
We do not yet know exactly what causes dementia. Medical researchers all over the world are working to find causes and develop treatments. Until we find a cure, there are drugs and other therapies that can help with some of the symptoms, so people can lead active, healthy lives and continue to do the things that matter to them most.
NHS Fife provides a number of services to support people with dementia, and their family, friends and carers. Our aim is to provide person centred high quality care which supports people to live well with a diagnosis of dementia. Please explore the supporting pages to find further information.
Dementia and Delirium Carers Cafés
An informal event where carers can socialise, talk, and ask questions with other carers and staff from Alzheimer Scotland and NHS Fife’s dementia team. A friendly, supportive, and informal atmosphere, with access to expert advice, guidance, resources, and information. Tea and coffee provided.
NB. All cafés are currently suspended due to coronavirus restrictions.