Living with Dementia

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 asAlzheimer’s disease or a series of strokes. Dementia is progressive, which means the symptoms will gradually get worse.

Dementia can affect all aspects of a person’s life, as well as their family’s. If you have been diagnosed with dementia, or you are caring for someone with the condition, remember that there is advice and support available to help you live well.

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Even if you have suspected for a while that you or someone you love might have dementia, the diagnosis may come as a shock. People with dementia shouldn’t simply stop doing what they enjoy in life; instead, they should try to remain as independent as possible and continue to enjoy their usual activities.

Read about staying independent with dementia.

The symptoms of dementia will usually get gradually worse. How quickly this occurs will depend on the general health of the person with dementia and on the type of dementia they have.

Over time, people with dementia will need help to cope at home, and they may even need residential care in a nursing home eventually. It is natural to feel worried about the future, but you are not alone – whether you have dementia or you care for someone with the condition. NHS social services and voluntary organisations can all provide advice and support to help you and your family.

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Information has been taken from the links below – for more info and advice -take a look:

http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/dementia-guide/Pages/living-well-with-dementia.aspx

https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/site/scripts/documents.php?categoryID=200360

 

 

 

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