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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 mum died, but when someone...
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 solutions – including tactics you...
The change in my mum’s mobility was quite rapid. She was a slim lady, usually light on her feet and she enjoyed regular walks. She could move fairly quickly when she was motivated to do so. Then gradually, seemingly...
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...
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...
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...
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, the better placed you will...
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...
Before I began caring for my mum, I used to plan everything in my life. I was a total control freak. Everything had to be scheduled and my goals all had deadlines. It may sound boring it certainly didn’t...

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