Tips for Dementia Awareness Week 2016
Dementia awareness week
Dementia awareness week

Top Tips to Mark Dementia Awareness Week

They’re just simple suggestions but they might make all the difference to someone you know.

People with dementia can often demonstrate what's called "repetitive behaviour". Simply put, this is doing the same thing over and over and it can be distressing both for them and their loved ones. One way to tackle this is to find some kind of hobby that will distract them and hold their attention. Painting's a good example - and they certainly don't need to be a great artist for it to be useful. Just daubing coloured shapes can be really comforting.

“Positive Rummaging”

Obsessive rummaging is another "symptom" you might come across. If your loved one does this why not try encouraging "positive" rummaging. Something as simple (and useful!) as matching unmatched socks can be really soothing. For the more practical bloke organising a toolbox can be quite therapeutic and if your loved one's a games player then giving them a pack of cards to sort might be just the thing.

Finally an idea on how to deal with one of dementia's most difficult aspects - the apparent hostility that people with the condition can sometimes exhibit, even to their loved ones. Often this is because they feel frustrated that they don't have any control – something that’s entirely understandable. One easy way to reduce this frustration is to involve your loved one in easy decisions about their day - things like choosing which shirt to wear or giving them a choice of sandwich for lunch.

The most important thing to remember is that it is possible for people with dementia to lead contented, fulfilled lives. The key is for all of us to understand what it’s like for those with the condition and to know how we can make each of their days just that little bit easier.

Dementia Awareness Week #DAW2016
Dementia Awareness Week #DAW2016