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2.4 Manage how you feel about yourself

Be confident and positive, you are not your dementia

You are still you

People with dementia worry about losing themselves because of their dementia. They worry that if they forget information about their lives, they will no longer be themselves. They worry that if they can’t do things as well as before, that they will no longer be themselves, and others will treat them differently.

  • You are still you.

  • You are not just defined by what you remember.
  • You are not just defined by how good you are at doing things.

We all change throughout our lives, and dementia is another change. The core of who you are, your personality, what you like (e.g., foods, music), and the people you care for tend to stay constant for most people with dementia. The things you do, your home and neighbourhood, and the people who you spend time with, all help you to be you.

 

Woman facing the future