A diagnosis of dementia is a life-changing event for a person as well as their friends and family. Dementia can affect all aspects of a person’s life, but it does not mean you have to stop doing the things you love. There are advice and support available to assist you to live well with dementia. The symptoms of dementia often get worse over time. Factors determining the progression of dementia depend on the type of dementia and the general health of the person with dementia. Below are three important tips when facing a diagnosis of dementia.

Staying Independent

It is important that people who have been recently diagnosed or who are already living with dementia do not stop doing what they enjoy in life. It is important for health and wellbeing to continue with familiar routines, relationships and the activities they enjoy. As dementia progresses, it is important to use all the resources available to remain as independent as possible and continue to enjoy usual activities.

Looking After Yourself

Living a healthy lifestyle is important for everyone, including people who are living with dementia. This includes eating well and exercising. Overtime people living with dementia may require help to maintain a healthy lifestyle. This could be assistance with meals, outings, exercise and companionship. There are many services that provide these services, that may make a big difference to the quality of life of a person living with dementia.

Maintaining a Social Life/Keeping Active

It’s easy to feel isolated and alone if you or someone you care for has dementia. Keeping in contact with others is good for people with dementia because it helps them to keep active and stimulated. Some people find it difficult to talk about their own or a family member’s dementia or want to help but don’t know how. You may also find it helpful to join a local group of people with dementia and their families. You may not be someone who would normally join a group, but being part of a community of people with dementia, or a group for families who have a member with dementia, can be helpful. You can share experiences and gain insight and useful tips from others who are going through or have been through similar situations.

For more information on dementia:

www.dementia.org.au

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