Dementia is an umbrella-term for symptoms including memory loss and problems with thinking, problem-solving, or language. These symptoms are caused by diseases affecting the brain. Diseases that cause dementia include Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia, Lewy Body disease, head trauma, and others.
Dementia is not a normal part of aging. Learn more about dementia.
Did you know you can reduce your risk of dementia?
There are many ways we can improve or maintain our brain health, including physical activity, healthy eating, reducing stress, keeping our brains active such as playing games or learning a new language, and managing our blood pressure and cholesterol. Learn more about reducing the risk of dementia.
The Alzheimer Society has compiled a list of 10 Warning Signs, available here. If you are concerned about yourself or a loved one, speak with your primary care provider (GP/Doctor or Nurse Practitioner).
It is important to have this conversation early to get more information, be connected to resources, and treat reversible causes of dementia.
For more information:
- Visit the Alzheimer Society of BC website
- Call the First Link Dementia Helpline at 1-800-936-6033
- For culturally-sensitive dementia information, contact the Punjabi-speaking South Asian Dementia Helpline at 604-449-5003
- Talk to your GP or Nurse Practitioner.
A tool for people with dementia, their families and their caregivers
Dementia Journey is a tool for people with dementia, their families, caregivers and service providers.
It focuses on the experience of dementia, from pre-diagnosis, through mild, moderate and severe stages, and presents it through stories that reflect the journey with dementia.
It also provides links to available resources. This will enable people with dementia and their families and caregivers to become informed and active participants in their own management and care.