Every September is World Alzheimer’s Month, a month to raise awareness, start conversations and signpost support for those living with dementia and their loved ones.
Dementia is the term used to describe a set of symptoms that include cognitive and memory problems, problem solving issues and difficulty with communication. It is not a disease in it’s own right, instead it is caused by diseases like Alzheimer’s. This video from Alzheimer’s Society explains.
The impact of dementia can be great, affecting day-to-day life for those with dementia and those around them. The emotional impact can also be difficult to cope with, for all involved. As dementia progresses and more memories are lost, there can be a grieving process.
“I was experiencing ‘living grief’ – grieving for the loss of mum, even though she is still alive.”
If you are supporting someone with dementia, the following resources may be helpful:
Including tips for building your support network and utilising technology, in this article we share ideas to help you support your loved one.
Communication can become difficult with someone when they have dementia, but keeping that connection can make all the difference to their wellbeing. In this article, group support manager at Forest Healthcare Chris Salter shares his communication tips.
Speaking to Charlie Hoare, Director at the Huntington and Langham Estate residential, nursing and dementia care home, we explore the different ways you can make an environment more dementia friendly. Including tips for themed rummage boxes and being aware of stimulation, there are lots of ideas to get you started.
Written by Active Minds (now Relish), this article looks at the importance of the outdoors for those with dementia. From sparking memories to socialisation, find out why outdoor activities and trips can be so beneficial for someone living with dementia.
If you’re finding it difficult to cope with dementia, whether you have it yourself or are caring for someone, know that you’re not alone. Counselling can provide a helpful space to explore your feelings and develop coping skills. Visit Counselling Directory to find help today.
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