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Information on how dementia affects moods and emotional wellbeing

When my mother was first diagnosed with vascular dementia in 2009, I knew very little about dementia. I didn’t realise how much it would influence her behaviour. As the saying goes, if I knew then what I know now,...
Dementia Help was launched following the passing of our founder Christina Neal’s mum Hazel, who had vascular dementia. Christina writes about how her mum’s illness inspired her and how dementia brought them closer together.  It’s two years today since my...
I know from personal experience that caring for a loved one with dementia is a huge challenge. Dementia affects moods, behaviour and judgement – not just memory. This can mean the person you care for may become angry, upset...
The more you understand about dementia the better placed you are to care for a loved one. Christina Neal has these top tips for carers… Get to know dementia It's true that knowledge is power. Understand how the disease affects your...
Ensuring a good personal hygiene routine can become more challenging as your loved one’s dementia progresses. Helen Drain, Dementia Trainer & Deputy Training Team Leader at Christies Care in Suffolk, has this advice. You might notice that, over time, a...
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...
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...
Many of us tend to think that dementia mostly affects short-term memory. It can also affect a person's mood, personality, behaviour, perception, balance and even spatial awareness. A person with dementia may have to work much harder to perform...
When you care for a person with dementia, it's important to understand that a change in their routine may cause confusion. The person may cope better with a regular schedule, where they get up at the same time and go...