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Information on how dementia affects moods and emotional wellbeing

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...
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 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,...
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....
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...
Before my mum was formally diagnosed with vascular dementia, I knew something was wrong. I could tell that she wasn’t herself. If you have noticed that a loved one isn’t their normal self lately and you fear that something...
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...
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...
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...
A person with dementia can be subject to mood swings, including anger and aggression. It’s stressful and upsetting for the person and their carer. Here’s why it can happen and what you can do to cope…   We often tend to...

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