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.