Dementia is the generic term for more than 100 different diseases that affect brain function. Dementia particularly affects mental faculties, so-called cognitive abilities such as thinking, memory, orientation and language. Those affected are increasingly limited in their daily and/or work activities and need help as dementia develops.

It happens to be forgetful; some more often, some less. There is no need to worry if sometimes you are not sure if you have closed the front door or if you think you have lost your glasses. If, however, you notice that forgetfulness is on the increase and concerns various aspects of your daily life, you should consult your doctor, your family doctor. However, memory loss is only one of the symptoms of dementia. Depending on its form, dementia can also express itself differently, for example by changing social behaviour.

For more information on dementia, please visit Alzheimer’s Switzerland.

In this project, people with dementia and their families talk about their lives with dementia, their medical experiences, changes in their daily lives and the support they receive. You can watch these stories as videos, listen to them or read them as text.
Their contributions are intended to help provide better support for future patients and relatives: today’s patients help tomorrow’s patients.

This module is made possible by financial support from Alzheimer’s Switzerland.

  • Credits

    This module is made possible by financial support from Alzheimer’s Switzerland.


    Manya Hendriks

    Manya Hendriks is a postdoctoral researcher in bioethics, who studied medical anthropology and bioethics in the Netherlands and Belgium. During her studies she has worked with the Right-to-Die Association in the Netherlands and investigated the international debate on end-of-life and palliative care in the Netherlands, Oregon (United States) and Switzerland. Since 2014 she has been living in Switzerland where she conducted her PhD on the attitudes and values of parents, health care professionals, and Swiss society on end-of-life care for extremely premature infants. She joined the DIPEx team at the end of 2017 and coordinates the module about experiences with dementia.

    Andrea Radvanszky

    Andrea Radvanszky is sociologist and a qualitative researcher. She is responsible for the DIPEx Swiss Module Dementia. In her PhD « the social diagnosis of dementia » which she is currently finalizing at the University of Leipzig she focuses on patient-caregiver relationship and the impact of rule breaking behavior on identity and illness constructions. Her research addresses the empirically funded dementia care ethics which reference point is not the self-conscious and free individual but the social relationship.

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  • Help & Support

    For more information on dementia, please visit Alzheimer’s Switzerland.

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