Are you worried that you, or someone you care about, may be developing dementia?
Are you looking after someone with dementia?
The most important thing to remember is that you do not have to face this all on your own. Lots of other people have been through a similar experience and they can help you along the way. Arm yourself with information, see how other people have coped with this difficult challenge, and learn from their experience.
There is now a lot of information available about different aspects of dementia and how it may be affecting you and those you love. You are entitled to good support from local health and care services, but it is not always easy to find the services you need. There are many organisations which can help with information, advice and support. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
With the right support, people with dementia, and those who are helping to look after them, can have a good quality of life.
On the following pages, you will find some information about dementia, and some suggestions about organisations and websites which can help, and books which you may find useful.
If you have been diagnosed with dementia, try to stay as active and involved with your family and friends and in your community as you can. If you are feeling depressed or afraid of the future, you may find it encouraging and inspiring to find out about other people who have discovered that living with dementia can still be interesting and fulfilling.
If someone you care about has a diagnosis of dementia, or seems to be declining in their abilities, try to be patient, kind and encouraging. If they are finding it hard to communicate, give them your full attention, and don’t try to rush them. Include them in social occasions so they don’t feel left out. Caring for someone with dementia can be very difficult and can make you feel sad and lonely. Make sure you get support for yourself as a carer.
Be kind to each other. Whatever our age or condition, we never stop needing to feel loved and valued.