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Even though you might have suspected the person has dementia, the diagnosis could still be a shock. Your parent may be confused and unable to process the news. They may understand the diagnosis, but could be in denial and may...
A person with dementia may develop continence issues, which can be distressing. But whatever the cause, there are lots of ways to help manage the situation. We asked the experts at Christies Care for their advice on managing continence...
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...
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...
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...
Keith Oliver was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2010. He talks about how he has coped and shares his advice for others who have just received a diagnosis… I was 54 years old in 2010 when I was told by...
Dementia affects more than just memory. A person’s mood and emotional wellbeing can be affected. A person with dementia can experience sudden changes in mood and may be happy one moment, angry or even tearful, seemingly for no reason,...
Helen Drain, dementia trainer & deputy training team leader at Christies Care (christiescare.com), reveals her top tips on caring for a loved one with dementia…  Distract and deflect If the person with dementia is becoming agitated or angry, or they snap...
My mother was diagnosed with vascular dementia in 2009. She’d had a stressful few years, looking after my father who died in 2007. Shortly after he died, I noticed she wasn’t coping very well, which was understandable, but then...
If you’re thinking ahead to what you’ll be doing with your family this Christmas, you may be wondering what would be best for a person with dementia.  Christmas can be a challenging time for the person you are caring for...

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