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Sleep and dementia

Has your loved one started sleeping more and do they often sleep during the day and night? Christina Neal looks at why this might be occurring… A person with dementia may sleep more during...
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How to be a good carer

Despite your good intentions to do your best for your loved one, it can be a real challenge to be a good carer unless you understand dementia and how it affects the person. Here...
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You’re invited to take part in ‘Every Small Step – making dementia carers count’

Do your bit for family carers living with dementia and sign up for the charity Dementia Carers Count’s walking challenge next month. There are 700,000 families in the UK caring for a loved one...
Pills

A solution for taking tablets safely

Worried about a loved one not taking the right medication at the right time? Missing tablets or taking too many can be a real risk where a person with dementia is concerned. Pivotell has...
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7 behavioural facts about dementia

The more you understand about dementia the better placed you will be to provide the best possible care. Here are 7 key facts about how dementia affects behaviour… The person can lose track of...
Tablets

Getting a person with dementia to take their medication

By Christina Neal Getting a loved one to remember to take their pills, or to agree to take them for that matter, can be a huge challenge when a person has dementia. Fortunately, there are...
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10 things you should know about vascular dementia

How much do you know about vascular dementia? The condition can be complex and can present many challenges for the person affected by it. The more you understand about vascular dementia as a carer,...
Dementia medication

7 key things you should know about dementia medication

Medication can be used to manage dementia symptoms but there is sadly no cure for the disease. Here’s a quick guide to medication currently being used. If your loved one has recently been diagnosed with...

The challenges of being a dementia carer

A friend recently asked me to reveal the biggest challenge of caring for a parent with dementia. In reality, there is no simple answer to that question. It's been almost four years since my...

Persuading a loved one to accept help

There is a recurring theme among carers when it comes to the reason why many don’t seek help. ‘I’d love to get help looking after my mum/dad/partner, but they won’t let anyone else except...

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