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If your loved one has recently been diagnosed with dementia, it's worth talking to them about them making an Advance Decision. Also known as an Advance Directive, an Advance Decision is a legally binding document, which outlines what treatment and...
It was the strangest situation. My mum rang me one evening and told me that there were people in her living room refusing to leave. She said they were standing around talking and ignoring her. I asked her to...
Learning a second language could help to boost cognitive skills and delay the onset of dementia. Christina Neal reveals why and speaks to Richard Howeson, owner of Britain’s biggest language learning company, uTalk, who reveals the benefits of learning...
Caring for a person with dementia can be frustrating, exhausting and – sometimes – downright baffling. However, conflicts, arguments and distress can often be avoided simply by choosing your words carefully and knowing when to distract and deflect from...
Dementia can increase a person’s frustration and cause mood swings. This is partly because daily tasks are tougher to complete. Regularly losing a purse, keys or other personal items can frustrate the person and lead them to lose their...
If you don’t take care of yourself you won’t be able to care for your loved one. Helen Drain, Dementia Trainer & Deputy Training Team Leader at Christies Care (christiescare.com) explains why you need to look after yourself…  If you’re...
Social contact is crucial for the emotional wellbeing of a person with dementia. Business owner Monica Bradley explains why she made a point of ensuring her mum had a varied social schedule…  I cared for my late mum, Agnes, who had...
It was my birthday two days ago, writes Christina Neal. My first one since mum died. A few friends asked me if I felt sad celebrating my special day without mum being here to share it with me. It...
One of the things that carers have to get used to is providing what is tactfully described as ‘personal care’. Jill Eckersley explains. That can mean anything from helping with dressing and bathing, reminding Mum or Dad to keep their...
There's no easy answer to that question. All I can tell you is there will come a time when you will know you have to make a tough choice. Your head will know what's right, even if your heart...

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