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Information on how dementia affects moods and emotional wellbeing

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...
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...
The change in my mum’s mobility was quite rapid. She was a slim lady, usually light on her feet and she enjoyed regular walks. She could move fairly quickly when she was motivated to do so. Then gradually, seemingly...
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...
Dementia can increase a person’s frustration and cause mood swings. This is partly because daily tasks are tougher to complete. Regularly losing a purse, keys or other personal items can frustrate the person and lead them to lose their...
Former carer Christina Neal reveals why it's not a good idea to tell a person with dementia that their loved one has died when they have forgotten. Mum was confused. That was nothing new. But the words that came out...
Despite your good intentions to do your best for your loved one, it can be a real challenge to be a good carer unless you understand dementia and how it affects the person. Here are some tips on how...
Whether it’s your parent, partner or friend who has been diagnosed, it’s useful to understand how their moods may change and how the condition is likely to progress.  In early stage of the person’s dementia, you may notice memory lapses...
A person with dementia may lose interest in their appearance and may not wash or shower as much as they used to. You may have to prompt them to wash or dress appropriately. This can be difficult, as they...
How do you communicate with a person with dementia when they don’t talk much, and you don’t know for sure if they understand what you are saying? Former carer, author and dementia care expert Mary Jordan offers some useful advice....

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