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Information on how dementia affects moods and emotional wellbeing

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...
Talk to your loved one about the past and you may be surprised by how much they come to life.  Are you caring for a parent with dementia? How much do you know about their earlier years? I ask because...
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...
If you are caring for a person with dementia, you may have noticed they might have become more agitated and frustrated of late. They may be subject to mood swings and may display anger or aggression – seemingly for...
There are 850,000 people with dementia in the UK, with numbers set to rise to over one million by 2025. As numbers increase, it’s clear that dementia is something which impacts a lot of us, from those who have experienced...
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...
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...
Explaining dementia to children can be hard and of course it depends on the age of the child. These tips may help you to provide support.  It can be difficult knowing how to explain to a child that a grandparent...
At this time of year you’re probably being bombarded with adverts for cut-price holidays, which can be disheartening if you feel like being a carer means that you and your loved one can’t take advantage of all those holiday...
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...

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