A diagnosis of dementia almost inevitably moves a person into the medical and health care domain at some point and the person will certainly deal with many professionals on their journey. It is surprising that the body of work considering areas of professional practice is small although professionals from a variety of disciplines working with people affected by dementia feature in this section. Two of the papers investigate the practice of occupational therapists. Only one paper relates to GPs despite the fact that they are the first point of contact for many people with dementia, another examines the education needs regarding dementia care of nurses in acute care environments and one examines the experiences of health care workers in care homes, exploring the very specific topic of psychological responses to aggression. Two papers cover geriatric education in community hospitals where dementia is referred to as the most difficult area of practice, and the final paper takes a very different perspective; this article examines the implications of an ageing professional workforce who may potentially be affected by cognitive decline.