Dementia Help was launched in February 2017 by writer and editor Christina Macdonald 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. After the book went on sale, Christina was frequently contacted by friends and colleagues, often via social media, seeking advice on caring for a loved one with dementia. She decided to launch 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. At the time of writing, the Facebook page has over 6200 likes and an average weekly reach of over 50,000 people.
Christina knows first-hand how challenging it can be for dementia carers, as there is often very little help and support available and, in many cases, carers can feel isolated, alone and overwhelmed. She is a regular speaker at The Alzheimer’s Show in London and Manchester and has also been invited by companies like Roche and TM Group to talk to their employees about how to juggle a full-time job with the demands of being a carer.
Dementia Help offers ongoing tips, advice and support for carers via its Facebook and Twitter platforms and publishes regular blogs on the website. We will continue to help carers and will always strive to provide the best possible advice and support for those caring for a loved one with dementia. Sometimes our advice will be hard-hitting, blunt and maybe even upsetting to hear, but one thing our audience can count on is this: it’s from the heart and based on personal experience.