Dementia is a disease of the brain. It causes the brain to stop working properly and results in the death of the person. Early discussions about the person’s wishes about their future care is very important, while they are still able to be involved. A palliative approach to their care helps to focus on their quality of life and to avoid treatments that may increase their suffering. Families caring for a person with dementia need a lot of support and assistance. Ask your GP about the help available.