Communicating with a person with dementia

Communicating with a person with dementia

How do you communicate with a person with dementia when they don’t talk much, and you don’t know for sure if they understand what you are saying? Former carer, author and dementia care expert Mary Jordan offers some useful advice. How to communicate with a person with...
How to prevent falls at home

How to prevent falls at home

Dementia can affect a person’s mobility and this of course can increase the risk of falls. The person’s home can be adapted to be made safer. It’s worth contacting social services or the local Alzheimer’s Society office if you have one. They may be able to arrange for...
Don’t worry about the long-term future

Don’t worry about the long-term future

Anyone caring for a loved one with dementia will know that it’s easy to worry constantly about the present and the future. When I was caring for my mum, I used to worry about what was going to happen when I woke up each morning. I wondered how many times the phone...
Helping children to cope with dementia

Helping children to cope with dementia

Explaining dementia to children can be hard and of course it depends on the age of the child. These tips may help you to provide support.  It can be difficult knowing how to explain to a child that a grandparent or elderly relative has dementia. You might be concerned...
Dementia friendly holidays

Dementia friendly holidays

At this time of year you’re probably being bombarded with adverts for cut-price holidays, which can be disheartening if you feel like being a carer means that you and your loved one can’t take advantage of all those holiday offers, writes Angelina Manzano.  It’s only...
Spotting signs of dehydration in the elderly

Spotting signs of dehydration in the elderly

Dehydration can be an issue for the elderly. According to research conducted at the University of East Anglia, one in five people living in care homes are not drinking enough fluid. Even mild dehydration can increase the risk of falls, confusion, pressure ulcers and...
Easy ways to manage nutrition habits of your loved one

Easy ways to manage nutrition habits of your loved one

Nutrition is also a key part of health and wellbeing, but it can be a challenge to ensure the person is eating a balanced diet, especially if they are elderly. Appetite can decrease with age, and a person may lack the motivation to prepare healthy meals or they may be...
Moving more may reduce dementia risk

Moving more may reduce dementia risk

Moving more in old age may protect brain from dementia – Alzheimer’s Society comments.  A study by Rush University Medical Centre, published today in Neurology, suggests that older adults who move more than average – either in the...
Eight essential facts for dementia carers

Eight essential facts for dementia carers

Are you getting all of the financial help and support you’re entitled to? Is your loved one having regular health checks? These and more essential facts for dementia carers are explained here… Monitoring the general health of the person with dementia is...