Living Well with Dementia

It is estimated that nearly 1 million people in the UK are living with a dementia diagnosis, equating to one person developing dementia every three minutes.

Whilst many of us will be affected by this in some way, every person living with dementia is unique and no two people have the same journey with their condition. This information can help you support your loved ones to live well with dementia.

What is Dementia?

Dementia is progressive and is caused when the brain is damaged by diseases such as Alzheimer's, or by strokes. There are many different types of dementia, with some more common than others. The most common type is Alzheimer's Disease.

Does it only affect older people?

No – Early Onset Dementia accounts for 9% of cases and affects people before the age of 65, with some people developing symptoms as early as 20. But not everyone who grows old will develop dementia.

What are the symptoms of Dementia?

Short-term memory loss, communication issues, changes in mood and motor skills, confusion, disorientation and personality changes are among some of the symptoms.

Is there a cure for Dementia?

While there is no cure yet, there is care. Medications can slow down the progress of the disease and this can be supported by care to help maintain an individual’s independence for as long as possible.

How can you respond to someone repeating themselves?

The person living with dementia is unaware they are repeating themselves, so it’s best not to mention this as it may cause confusion and frustration. Simply try to engage in their conversation, or alternatively try to redirect their attention with a different activity.

What support is available?

GPs can provide support initially and a referral may be made to the memory clinics for continued support. Alzheimer’s Society also provide a lot of useful information and advice too.

What happens when someone is no longer able to make decisions for themselves?

The Lasting Power of Attorney for Health and Welfare (LPA) can be used by named individuals to make decisions on behalf of another that may no longer have the ability to make decisions for themselves. To apply for an LPA, you will need to complete several forms, all of which can be found on the Government's website

How can home care support someone living with dementia?

Studies have shown that 85% of people want to remain in their own home, yet it is believed that only two thirds of people with dementia do so (Alzheimer’s Society). Home care company Home Instead can help.

Home Instead’s care is personalised for the needs of the individual, helping them to live a fulfilled life and to achieve positive outcomes, for both themselves and their family, whether they simply require a little more help around the home or they’re living with dementia. The specialist dementia care available helps maintain an individual’s independence, with support from City and Guilds accredited dementia-trained CAREGivers.

For more information about our specialist dementia services please contact our team on 01937 220510.