Free guide to coping with challenging behaviour
I know from personal experience that caring for a loved one with dementia is a huge challenge. Dementia affects moods, behaviour and judgement – not just memory. This can mean that the person you care for may become angry, upset or confused. But there are strategies you can use to help ease the stress for both of you. Click here to download this free guide to coping with challenging behaviour. I hope it helps.
About Dementia Help
Dementia Help was launched in February 2017 by writer and editor Christina Neal after caring for her late mother Hazel, who had vascular dementia, for almost a decade. Hazel passed away in July 2016 and a month later, Christina’s book, Dementia Care: A Guide was published by Sheldon Press. The book contains practical advice and tips for dementia carers. Christina launched Dementia Help as a friendly and helpful Facebook page for dementia carers and such was the success of the page that Dementia Help has fast grown into an established brand with a significant audience. The Facebook page has over 8400 likes and an average monthly reach of 128,000.
Christina knows first-hand how challenging life can be for dementia carers, as there is often very little help and support available and carers can feel isolated, alone and overwhelmed. She is a regular speaker at The Alzheimer’s Show and has also been invited by companies like Roche and TM Group to talk to their staff about juggling a full-time job with being a carer.
Last autumn, Peter Berry, who has early Alzheimer’s, joined Dementia Help as co-director. Peter’s weekly videos on life with dementia appear on our Facebook page every Friday. They have helped thousands of carers improve their understanding of what it feels like to live with dementia.
Dementia Help offers ongoing tips, advice and support for carers via its Facebook and Twitter platforms. We always strive to provide good advice for carers – always from the heart and based on personal experiences.
Our Cycle Challenge for YoungDementia UK
Dementia Help’s Director Peter Berry is cycling 330 miles across the UK from Wales to Aldeburgh from 25th to 30th June to raise vital funds for YoungDementia UK. Joining him on this challenge is carer Jan Dodd, a keen cyclist whose husband has Alzheimer’s. Jan, from Maidstone in Kent, is the perfect cycling buddy for Peter – she recently completed a 100 mile race in France. Jan says: ‘I was looking for another challenge and when I heard about the Dementia Help Cycle Challenge I decided to put myself forward. It was meant to be.’
Dementia Help’s Managing Director, Christina Neal, was originally intending to join Peter on the challenge, but she has had to withdraw due to a family illness.
Peter and Jan will be joined on the last few days of the ride by Jon Bray, owner of Saxmundham-based cycling retailer, Sax Velo (https://www.sax-velo.co.uk), who have also sponsored the Cycle Challenge.
Click on the button on the map to trace the route. There are over 42,000 young people (under the age of 65) diagnosed with a form of dementia in the UK, and many more thought to be living with the condition yet not diagnosed.
You can sponsor the challenge and donate to YoungDementia UK by clicking on the link below:
Huge thanks to our sponsors, who have made this challenge possible: Christies Care, Sax Velo, Munchy Seeds, Foxearth Lodge, uTalk, Monica Bradley Associates and Harley Street Vein Clinic.
Moving map created by Dave Collison.