It requires time and energy and can be a hard and demanding task. Therefore, it is vital that as a carer you look after your own health and wellbeing.
Information for people living with dementia Find out more from the Ministry Improving the lives of people with dementia describes how the Ministry will help people with dementia over the next 3 years. As a result people with dementia may display behavioural and emotional problems. Over time most functions of the brain are affected.
Eventually, people with dementia may need help with daily activities like dressing, toileting, showering and eating.
Treatment While there is not usually a cure for dementia, there are medications and lifestyle or dietary changes that may slow down the onset of the symptoms.
If you or someone you know has dementia, it is important to know that you are not alone. Getting help, support and advice at an early stage can make a big difference and there are many people and places to provide this for you. Diagnosis While forgetting where you placed the car keys is normal, forgetting how to carry out daily tasks is not.
You could be experiencing memory loss that is not related to dementia and is treatable, as memory loss can have other causes such as stress, depression, diabetes or side effects of medication. If memory loss is due to dementia it is important to get an early diagnosis. An early diagnosis of dementia can help you to get the best benefit from current treatments that are available.
It will also help you to plan for the future and get the right support and advice. Prevention There is no way of knowing whether you will get dementia or not. However, there are lifestyle changes you can make that could prevent you from getting dementia.
Do crosswords, word puzzles, Sudoku, or play games like bridge and scrabble. Having a healthy body has a direct impact on the brain.
Aim to do at least 15 minutes of aerobic or resistance exercise a day.
Healthy food is good for your brain — ensure you get your 5 servings of fruit and vegetables a day and include omega oils in your diet. Drink less and quit smoking. These can be contributing factors to the onset of dementia.
Being socially active may minimise your chances of getting dementia. Living with If you have dementia If you have dementia you will be able to cope relatively well in the early stages, with support from family and friends, and small lifestyle changes. You may cope with basic support and changes for a number of months or years.
However, over time your symptoms and abilities will get worse and you will need to get increased support and make lifestyle changes The early stages of dementia is a good time to find out what support and choices are available to you, so you can plan for the future.
As your symptoms increase, you will be less able to make these decisions. There is a lot of information available to help you in your caring role. There are a number of practical hints to problems that can help you when you are caring for a person with dementia.
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