Living with dementia
If you are worried about dementia, there are things that you can do, such as seeking advice.
If you are worried about memory loss or other symptoms which seem to be getting worse over time, it is a good idea to check the symptoms with a GP. Getting a proper assessment can help alleviate worry and stress.
Some symptoms of dementia are similar to other conditions, but require different treatment, so it is important to seek medical advice.
The importance of early diagnosis
Being diagnosed with dementia can be a difficult time for the individual concerned and their loved ones. However, getting an early diagnosis can open the door to proper support and treatment. It can empower a person, enabling them to take control and make decisions about their future. It is possible to live well with dementia with the right help and information.
Looking after yourself
Adopting a healthy lifestyle and keeping active can reduce the risk of developing dementia and help to manage your wellbeing in the event of a diagnosis.
There are lots of organisations and products that can help people living with dementia to retain their independence for as long as possible, and bring peace of mind for carers and families. These types of products are known as ‘life enhancing technologies’ or ‘assistive technologies’.
Caring for the carer
If you are a carer, it is important that you look after yourself. Dementia and the changes it brings can affect the whole family, not just the person with the diagnosis.
Have a look at our Support to live well page for advice on how you can help support those living with dementia, and look after yourself too.