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It makes me very sad when I read about ‘lone carers’, writes Jill Eckersley. Good care requires teamwork and no-one should be left to cope alone. When my Dad died in 2014 I knew that Mum, who had been...
Having dementia puts a person at greater risk of being exploited financially. Christina Neal explains the importance of keeping an eye on a person’s finances.  It's a sad fact that a person with dementia is at greater risk of being...
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...
Choosing the right care home for a loved one can feel like a monumental task. There's a lot to think about and consider. You want to be sure you've made the right choice so that your loved one can...
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...
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...
If your loved one lives alone, it’s going to take some foresight to ensure they remain safe at home. They may still be independent but their needs will increase over time and they may already need help with certain...
Dementia is a progressive disease and there will come a time when it is no longer safe or practical for the person be alone. You may have already accepted that this is inevitable, and you may already be considering...
Children have a valuable role to play in helping a person with dementia – bringing comfort to the person and a calming effect. Derek Fisher suggests nine ways children can help a loved one with dementia. 1. A person with...
Dementia can be a very lonely experience not only for the person living with it but for those around them, writes Derek Fisher.  This became apparent to me when I realised that my father had early signs of Alzheimer’s and...

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