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When my mum was first diagnosed with dementia, I remember feeling overwhelmed by the fear of how I would manage her needs with juggling my busy full time job that involved long hours and deadlines. I had no idea...
NHS Continuing Healthcareis a package of care arranged and funded by the NHS that can be in any setting – in the person’s home, or in a care home. It is available in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland,...
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...
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 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...
Don’t let mood swings or what might seem like unusual or inappropriate behaviour leave you feeling exasperated – here’s some useful tips on coping with challenging behaviour.  Dementia can affect a person’s moods, thinking and behaviour, making them more prone to...
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...
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...
It's a common situation to be in. Your loved one may be starting to show signs of dementia but they refuse to see their GP. If you are worried about their memory and their cognitive function in general, you may...
Expert advice from former dementia carer, NHS expert and medical writer Mary Jordan. Mary Jordan has first-hand experience of dementia through caring for relatives and through her work for Alzheimer’s Society. She also has many years of experience working for the...

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