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How to Cope with Living with Dementia

Dementia is a terrible disease that slowly takes you or a loved one away from everything that was once considered normal. It is a selfish disease that rips away cherished and fond memories, and it is something that can make the sufferer difficult and potentially dangerous to live with. Living with dementia is not something that anyone should be ashamed of, and instead of feeling shame, the sufferer should focus on what once made them happy within their life. Regression is one major area that most sufferers experience, and it is important not to overlook how much memories matter. Knowing what the dementia sufferer is feeling and thinking will make it easier to cope with and live with, but if the signs are not there and there is poor communication, what should you be focusing on and what should you be doing as part of a plan of action.

Seek Assistance and Help

Dementia can be very isolating for the people that are living through it and those who are suffering from it. For those who are watching the person’s slow demise, it can be an anxious time, and it can be a distressing time as you will never get two days the same. Getting help and assistance as soon as possible is important as you should not suffer alone. There are lots of voluntary organizations that can aid you and put you in touch with relevant teams and departments to make caring, supporting, and coping with dementia that bit more manageable. If you can, it is best to look at taking time out regularly, as time out ensures that you are not always standing too close to a problem to be helpful.

Look At Care Homes

If dementia attacks quickly and the demise is rapid, you may need to start looking at alternative accommodation such as care homes in Watford or assisted living. As dementia can turn nasty quite quickly, you need to ensure that you have experts with knowledge and experience on hand. Once started, dementia can be damaging to all those involved, and sometimes you need to look at care facilities earlier than you planned, but do not let this get you down as quality of care and support is important at this stage.

Increased Communication

On a lot of occasions, a dementia sufferer’s memory disappears very quickly. There are times when memories or events come back for short periods, but on the whole, their memories are lost somewhere within their minds. It can, of course, be frustrating to see this happen, but it is important to focus on open and clear communication at all times. Keep talking to the person that is suffering and try to keep them as involved and aware of the world around them as possible. If it is you who is suffering dementia, perhaps even in the early stages, then you need to ensure you see people as often as possible? Talking to others and sharing even small stories can leave you feeling positive and upbeat and can help you retain memories for as long as possible.

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