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A person with dementia may not recognise people they know or struggle to identify objects when their sight is perfectly fine. This is because their brain has to interpret and process what they see. My mum confused her...
Ensuring a good personal hygiene routine can become more challenging as your loved one’s dementia progresses. Helen Drain, Dementia Trainer & Deputy Training Team Leader at Christies Care in Suffolk, has this advice. You might notice that, over time, a...
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...
A person with dementia may develop erratic eating patterns, with an increased need for sugary foods. You may find they develop a sweet tooth they never had before.   They may also find it harder than usual to eat normal...
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...
A person with dementia can develop false beliefs and think that someone is ‘out to get' them. Christina Neal explains how to cope if a distressing situation like this arises.  I remember the day well. It was the weekend before...
It’s important for a person with dementia to get their paperwork in order as swiftly as possible by setting up Lasting Power of Attorney before it’s too late. Christina Neal talks to Jeff Smith from Monica Bradley Associates (https://www.mbassociates.net) who explains...
If you have noticed that your loved one has recently deteriorated – maybe they have lost the ability to speak clearly, their mobility is very limited, and they may be living in the past, they may be approaching the later...
Living with dementia is extremely tough and if you’ve taken care of the person and managed to look after yourself in the process, then you’ve done a great job. It’s taught me many valuable life lessons. Caring for my...
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… Get to know dementia It's true that knowledge is power. Understand how the disease affects your...

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