Dementia affects about 800,000 people in the UK.

The risk of developing it increases as you get older, and is more common in people over the age of 65.

It is not a disease; it is a collection of symptoms because of damage to the brain, usually caused by Alzheimer’s disease.


Dementia is progressive. This means that the symptoms will change and get more serious over time. In the much later stages, people may be able to do less for themselves and may find it harder to communicate. 

This is why it’s important to go to your GP as soon as you recognise symptoms such as memory loss, confusion or changes in personality

Can it be prevented?

Some risk factors are difficult or impossible to change, such as age and your genes. However, experts agree that what’s good for your heart is also good for your brain. This means you can help reduce your risk by:


Dementia Friends

Being a Dementia Friend isn’t about volunteering or fundraising (though you can do that too if you want). It’s about being aware and understanding of people living with the disease. To find out more, visit the Dementia Friends website.
Do you represent a business or provide a service in the Royal borough? Find out how you can make Greenwich a more dementia-friendly borough.

Helping you Live Well in Greenwich

Live Well Greenwich Line
Call FREE: 0800 470 4831