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Improve your understanding of dementia

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Dementia is becoming more common as a result of our ageing population but we can forget it is not an inevitable part of the ageing process

This week, we start our four-part series on the condition by examining the differences that distinguish dementia from normal ageing and how research is helping to clarify this issue.

The series will continue by looking at the main types of dementia and exploring theories on how it develops.

Part three will look at risk factors and how nurses can advise patients on lifestyle issues such as diet and exercise as prevention.

And we will conclude with an exploration of the nurse’s central role in the care and treatment of those with dementia.

Alongside the series will be related articles including one on dementia champions and another on the family perspective.

Kathryn Godfrey is practice and learning editor of Nursing Times Twitter @GodfreyKathryn

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