Reassurance and support are two essentials for those suffering from dementia, in order to help them lead as independent a life as they possibly can. If you have a loved one suffering with the condition, it’s only natural to want to help them in any way you can, but, understandably, this can take a toll.
We’ve compiled a guide on how you can care for your loved ones whilst staying as positive as possible.
What is dementia?
Dementia affects 850,000 people in the UK, and that number is set to grow to one million by 2025, so having an understanding of the condition may reassure many. Dementia is a term that encompasses a set of symptoms relating to brain function. These include:
- Memory loss
- Difficulties with cognitive processes such as problem solving and language
- Changes in mood and behaviour
- Sight and hearing loss
- Changes in perception and hallucinations
- Walking about
- Sleep disturbances
- Anxiety and depression
There are many types of dementia; the most common of these is Alzheimer’s disease in which abnormal proteins in the brain cause cells to die.