When a person with dementia finds that their mental abilities are declining, they often feel vulnerable and in need of reassurance and support. There is much that you can do to make life easier and more enjoyable, both now and in the future. Here we have important information and practical advice for those living with dementia and carers.
Washing and bathing
As dementia progresses people increasingly need more help with washing and bathing.
Tips for helping a person with dementia to dress and advice on how to make dressing a positive experience.
Eating and drinking
Dementia can greatly affect a person's relationship to food and eating and it is important to maintain a healthy balanced diet.
Sex and intimate relationships
Dementia causes many changes in people's lives. This includes changes to sex and relationships, which can be difficult to discuss.
Toilet problems and continence
Difficulties with using the toilet, accidents and incontinence can all be problems for people with dementia.
Exercise and physical activity
Keeping physically active is important. Exercise for people with dementia can include a wide range of activities such as walking and dancing.
Managing difficult behaviour
If you are caring for a person with dementia, you may sometimes find their behaviour difficult to deal with. We have some information on how to stay calm and deal effectively with challenges that arise.
Falls and safety in the home
For a number of reasons, falls are a common problem affecting older people. Having dementia may also increase the likelihood of falling.
It's important that people living with dementia remain as fit and healthy as possible - both physically and mentally.
Delirium is a medical word used to describe a change in brain function that makes the person become suddenly confused.
Explaining dementia to children and young people
Children and young people are often aware of difficult atmospheres even when they haven't been told the facts.
Pressure ulcers (bedsores)
It is important for anyone caring for a person with dementia to know about pressure ulcers. They can be easy to prevent early on but can get worse and become infected if early signs of damage are not noticed
Making decisions and managing difficult situations
As dementia progresses, cognitive abilities will decline, affecting decision making. When this happens, carers will need to become more involved in the decision-making process.