Alzheimer's Society - New Forest and Southern Test Valley Office Telephone: 01590 644679E-Mail: [email protected]Website: www.alzheimers.org.uk/site/custom_scripts/branch.php?branch=true&branchCode=14146&areaBC=WECW The word dementia describes a set of symptoms that may include memory loss and difficulties with thinking, problem-solving or language. Dementia is caused when the brain is damaged by diseases, such as Alzheimer's disease or a series of strokes. Dementia is progressive, which means the symptoms will gradually get worse. Alzheimer's Society is a membership organisation, which works to improve the quality of life of people affected by dementia in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Many of our 20,000 members have personal experience of dementia, as carers, health professionals or people with dementia themselves, and their experiences help to inform our work.