If you don’t take care of yourself you won’t be able to care for your loved one. Helen Drain, Dementia Trainer & Deputy Training Team Leader at Christies Care (christiescare.com) explains why you need to look after yourself… Continue reading A healthy carer is a good carer
Dr Zaid Aldin, a consultant vascular specialist who runs Harley Street Vein Clinic in London, explains why he believes good patient care has similarities to looking after a loved one with dementia. Continue reading ‘People skills are so important’
Christina Neal wrote the blog below a week before her mum Hazel died of vascular dementia. At the time, she had no idea that her mum only had a week to live, but she knew that her mum had gotten worse very quickly. Continue reading Knowing when to let go
A diagnosis of dementia doesn’t necessarily mean a person must stop driving, but they must inform the DVLA straight away. Christina Neal has more information Continue reading Driving with dementia
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 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.
Dementia Help’s co-director Peter Berry (who has early Alzheimer’s) is cycling 330 miles across the UK from Wales to Aldeburgh from 25th to 30th June to raise vital funds for YoungDementia UK – his route is above. Peter is completing this amazing challenge with keen cyclist Jan Dodd from Maidstone, whose partner Dave has Alzheimer’s. Jan is the perfect cycling buddy for Peter as she recently completed a 100-mile race in France! Jan says: ‘I knew I needed another challenge and when I heard about this I put myself forward – it was meant to be!’ Peter and Jan will also be joined on the last two days of the challenge by Jon Bray, owner of Suffolk-based cycling retailer, Sax Velo. 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. Peter had to give up his family business when he was diagnosed as he was unable to run the company he had successfully grown for many years.
Peter says: ‘Cycling allows me to leave my dementia at home for just a while and makes me feel like the person I used to be, rather than the person I’ve become. I know this Cycle Challenge is one event I won’t ever forget.’
You can sponsor the Dementia Help team 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.
An international study by scientists in the China, the UK and USA has found that people who consume little or no fish have an increased risk of dementia. Continue reading Fish consumption reduces dementia risk
The more you understand about dementia the better placed you are to care for a loved one. Christina Neal has these top tips for carers…