Supporting health and wellbeing
Improving your physical health and feelings
Staying physically healthy can improve your quality of life
Getting a diagnosis is the first step in moving forward. Understand your symptoms, treatment options, and adapt to life with dementia.
Understand your type of dementia so you can adjust
Live a meaningful life with dementia with the help of strategies and therapies
Strategies, therapies, and medications to help with memory and thinking difficulties
Many people with dementia use strategies to help with their memory and thinking.
Medication, brain training, and cognitive rehabilitation can help with memory and thinking.
Transportation options and driving with dementia
There are a range of strategies and travel options to get to the places you need to go.
It’s often harder to get out of the house and do things with dementia.
People with dementia share their strategies to overcome difficulties when out and about.
People at dementia friendly groups are accepting of your symptoms.
Speech and occupational therapy can help people maintain their independence and go about their daily activities more easily.
Strategies to help with life at home.
Strategies used by people with dementia to overcome difficulties and keep safe at home
Occupational therapists can help you overcome difficulties and identify home modifications to keep you safe at home.
House cleaning, gardening, and home repairs
Memory and thinking difficulties are common to dementia, but don’t have to define your life.
Medications may help with memory and thinking difficulties.
Cognitive stimulation, cognitive training and cognitive rehabilitation.
Memory aids can be very helpful for people with dementia.
Sometimes dementia damages part of the brain that interprets information from the senses.
Strategies that reduce anxiety for people with dementia.
Strategies to help maintain focus and stay on task
Providing encouragement and support can help persons with dementia maintain their skills.
Driving with dementia and transportation options
Start discussions about transitioning to not driving as early as possible
Public transportation, taxis, and other strategies when you stop driving
Supporting someone with activities outside the house
Speech therapy and occupational therapy can help people with dementia
Considerations for living at home or moving into a retirement home.
A few key changes around the house will support people with dementia to function better.
There are products that help people with dementia to stay connected and safe.
There are people that can be hired for cleaning, gardening, and other odd jobs around your house.
Your doctor can advise you on treatments
Some people prefer to have as much information as possible, and others prefer to focus on what they need to know right now.
You can adapt to dementia and continue living your life
Managing your feelings is a key step in moving forward with dementia
Don’t be trapped by stereotypes of dementia
If you have just been diagnosed, the idea of having dementia can be more disabling than your current symptoms of dementia.
For many people, meeting others living with dementia was a turning point in finding hope.
Support groups and counselling can help you come to terms with diagnosis
Some people want to know everything about dementia including what will happen in the future. Some people aren’t ready to think about the future yet. Read this article when you’re ready.
Be confident and positive, you are not your dementia
Many people with dementia are concerned about whether dementia is a hereditary disease – in other words, whether their children or grandchildren are more likely to get dementia.
Techniques to boost self-image and challenge self-stigma
Supporting someone with a dementia diagnosis is not easy. Understanding more about dementia can help you better prepare and adapt to life with dementia.
Depression and anxiety are common in people with dementia
Getting information about the specific type of dementia can help you adapt to life with dementia.
Your diagnosis affects others. Share your diagnosis and move forward with dementia together.
Make a follow-up appointment with your family doctor to ask questions about the type of dementia.
You are in control of who you tell your diagnosis to, how you tell them, and when you tell them.
Choose what information you need. Some people are happy reading on the computer, some like videos, and others prefer printed brochures or books.
Life with dementia can be meaningful and bring surprising rewards.
Start by telling the people you feel closest to.
Learn about dementia so that you can break down common myths and stereotypes.
Share your dementia diagnosis with other health practitioners and be assertive about getting therapy.
Learning how others have adapted and moved forward with dementia give a sense of hope.
Dementia progresses slowly over time but is different for each person.
Depending on your work role, you may be able to continue working or make adaptations to your role.
Support is out there, it is how you use it that is important.
Strategies for when others treat you differently because you have dementia
Plan to have support when you need it so that you do not become overwhelmed in the future.
Many families want to know about the risk of inheriting dementia or ‘passing it on’ to children or grandchildren.
Care partners describe strong emotions after someone in their life was diagnosed with dementia
Express and talk through your feelings about the dementia diagnosis.
Sometimes intense feelings last for a long time and don’t seem to resolve.
Plan ahead to help avoid becoming depressed, and feel more in control.
Being open and honest can help you express your feelings and allow others to support you.
Sharing the diagnosis can help you to come to terms with dementia and get the support you need.
Family and friends may react in a range of ways when told that someone has dementia.
Sharing the diagnosis helps you to come to terms with it and others to understand
It is helpful for health or social care providers to know about the dementia diagnosis
You may need workplace changes, so you can continue to care for the person with dementia
Strategies for when others treat you differently because the person you care for has dementia.
Some health and social care providers may not have much experience with dementia.
As someone caring for a person with dementia, you will need support too.
Aerobic exercise can improve or maintain daily function for people with dementia.
Eating fresh foods and drinking water is good for your brain.
Even usual activities can be mentally tiring for people with dementia.
If your overall health is well managed, your brain health will benefit.
Build emotional resilience, be mentally and socially active to boost brain health.
People with dementia can grow new brain cells and connections between brain cells
Keep spending time with friends.
A local group or club is a great way of socialising and meeting new people.
Your plan can be flexible for when things change.
Once you finish your life plan, put it into action. Things won’t always go according to plan, so adjust and adapt along the way.
Services can help you maintain independence and provide practical support.
Express your wishes for the future through your advance care plan and power of attorney.
Thinking about advance care planning early is important
Your will can be written by a lawyer or public trustee in your area.
It is a good idea to think about how you will manage your finances.
Information about driving and transportation, home and community support, exercise programs, cognitive training programs, power of attorney, support groups, and the Alzheimer Society.
Plan for this year, have conversations, and decide how to achieve your goals.
Looking after your health will help you both move forward.
Exercise can improve or maintain memory and ability to do daily tasks.
Your diet has an impact on energy levels and mood
Your diet has an impact on energy levels and mood
If your overall health is good, brain health will benefit
Build your emotional resilience and do things that hold meaning for you
Self-care is an investment in your own mental health
Getting services in place as you plan for now and the future is important.
Having plans in place early will help with making decisions in future.
Selecting someone the person with dementia trusts to act on their behalf and preparing written instructions can ensure that they remain involved in their own care.
The way you tell someone they have dementia impacts how they and their care partners accept, adjust, and move forward with managing their diagnosis
Support planning for persons with dementia and care partners to live well now and into the future
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