Are You Worried about a Member of your Family?
Dementia is not a disease but a collection of symptoms that result from damage to the brain. These symptoms can be caused by a number of conditions. The most common cause of dementia is Alzheimer's disease.
Common symptoms of dementia include:
- Memory loss, especially problems with short-term memory
- Increasing difficulties with tasks and activities that require concentration and planning
- Changes in personality and mood
- Periods of mental confusion
- Difficulty finding the right words
Early symptoms of dementia are often mild and may get worse, but very gradually.
This means that the person with dementia, and those around them, may not notice these signs or take them seriously for some time.
Also, people with dementia sometimes do not recognise that they have any symptoms.
Dementia is progressive. This means that the person's brain will become more damaged and will work less well over time, and their symptoms will tend to change and become more severe.
For this reason, it is important to talk to your GP sooner rather than later if you are worried that you may have problems with your memory.
Join Dementia Research
‘Join dementia research’ is a list of volunteers who are interested in taking part in research that is focused on the diseases that cause dementia. It allows people to provide information about themselves so that they can be contacted about relevant research studies for which they are eligible to participate.
By signing up to use ‘Join dementia research’, you increase your chances of being asked to consider taking part in ethically approved dementia research. Many people find being involved in research a rewarding experience and they enjoy the contact with research teams. All studies using ‘Join dementia research’ will have been approved by a Research Ethics Committee. This means that they have been checked to make sure that they protect the rights, safety and wellbeing of people involved in research.
Although taking part in a research study may not be of immediate benefit to you, it might help people in the future.
It is also possible that there will not be any suitable studies for some volunteers, but new research studies are starting all the time which may be suitable.
Anyone who lives in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland can sign up to use ‘Join dementia research’.
Most of the research studies using ‘Join dementia research’ will be looking at ways to treat, prevent or care for those with memory problems or dementia. However, you do not have to be diagnosed with dementia to sign up. Healthy volunteers, as well as carers or families of people with dementia, are needed for some research studies.
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