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What is dementia?2022-04-26T11:05:59+01:00

Dementia is the decline of cognitive functioning and can have a detrimental effect on a person’s ability to think, remember and reason. Somebody with dementia may become unable to control their emotions and their personalities may change. There are many different causes of dementia, the most common being Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia, dementia with Lewy bodies and frontotemporal dementia. Other changes associated with dementia also include mood regulation, language, mental sharpness, difficulty carrying out daily activities and reduced movement.

For more information on what dementia is, please click here

 

Are you worried someone has dementia?2022-04-26T11:07:01+01:00

If somebody you know is becoming increasingly forgetful and disorientated, it may be time to encourage them to speak to their GP. It is important to remember that there can be many reasons why someone might be experiencing memory loss and that it is not necessary due to dementia. However, the earlier that dementia is detected, the more effective the treatment can be in remedying the disease. In some cases, the progress of dementia can be slowed and the person inflicted is able to maintain their mental function for a longer period of time. Therefore, suggesting a person should speak to their GP earlier in the process can be significant.

For more information on whether somebody may have dementia, please click here.

Is there a cure for dementia?2022-04-26T11:07:34+01:00

Currently, there is no cure for dementia. This is mainly due to the fact that dementia can be caused by a variety of different factors and because of this it is unlikely that a single cure will be able to cure all types of dementia. Despite this, however, there have been huge strides made in understanding how various diseases can cause damage in the brain and how they able to facilitate the onset of dementia. As the population continues to grow and live for longer periods of time, it is predicted that the levels of dementia will also rise. In order to prepare for this, an increase in funding has been attributed to dementia research and there is a substantial increase in studies and clinical trials taking place than before. Hopefully in the coming years this research will be able to provide ground-breaking advances in the field of dementia research.

For more detailed information on a cure for dementia, please click here.

What support can the RAF offer me whilst caring?2022-04-29T13:03:44+01:00

There are a number of ‘Flexible Working’ options that may be available to you in order to support you as a carer whilst serving in the RAF. These include an Alternative Working Arrangement, Variable Start and Finish Times, Remote Working, Compressed Working, Flexible Service and Part-Time Working. It is recommended that you talk to your line manager or HR department to find out more about the available options and the welfare support package provided by the RAF.

For more information on flexible working options, please click here.

Where can I find information about caring for someone with dementia during the COVID-19 pandemic?2021-01-29T13:32:14+00:00

Living with dementia at any time brings everyday challenges for the person and those around them. COVID-19 is making daily life much harder.  Information and support can be found via the following link –  https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/get-support/-covid-19

What activities can a person with dementia continue to engage with?2020-05-13T16:02:06+01:00

Just because somebody has dementia it doesn’t mean that they have to stop doing the things that they enjoy. There are a wide range of physical, mental, social and creative activities that will enable a person to live well with dementia and maintain a positive wellbeing. If you care for someone who has dementia, engaging in a shared activity together can make you feel more connected and enhance the quality time spent together.

Dementia can often cause a person to find interest in new things and their tastes may be different from before. Therefore, as long as it is safe to do so, it can be helpful to try new activities that the person with dementia may get joy out of. It is also likely that the person will maintain an interest in the activities that they have always enjoyed, so it is important to facilitate these and ensure that they are safe whilst engaging in their hobbies.

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What activities can you continue to engage in with dementia?2021-01-29T13:35:47+00:00

Having dementia doesn’t mean you have to stop doing the things you enjoy.
There are all sorts of activities you can do – physical, mental, social and creative – that help you to live well with dementia and improve wellbeing.
If you care for someone who has dementia, a shared activity can make both of you happier and able to enjoy quality time together.
You can continue with the activities you already enjoy, though they may take longer than they used to, or try new activities, such as the suggestions on this page:

www.nhs.uk/conditions/dementia/activities/

What help can you get from the NHS and Social Services for someone with dementia?2022-04-26T11:14:41+01:00

Living with dementia or caring for somebody who has dementia can be very challenging and cause stress for the people involved. Therefore, it is important that you are aware of the support available from the NHS and your local council that is able to help you and your loved ones. These services can include providing carers to help with washing and dressing, laundry resources, food and drink deliveries, home adaptations and access to day centres.

As well as this, various charities such as Dementia UK, Alzheimer’s Society and Age UK are able to provide support that could be useful to a person with dementia or their carer. Although this type of support may not be needed at the present time, it can be very helpful to be aware of what is available and plan for any possible future circumstances.

For more information on the services available for somebody with dementia, please click here.

How will the relationship with my loved one change?2020-05-13T16:00:44+01:00

Dementia can have an effect on all aspects of a person’s life, which includes their relationships with family and friends. If you have a relationship with somebody who has been diagnosed with dementia, it is very likely that there will be a significant change to the bond that you share. Increases in irritability and frustration whilst completing everyday tasks can facilitate this, as well as the overall acceptance of the situation becoming an obstacle.

In order to ensure that the relationship remains strong, it is important that the communication between one another is constantly established and that you are aware of how the other is feeling. In doing this, it is possible to tailor your approach to their preference and employ techniques that will make it easier for you to connect i.e. helpful reminders, allowing time to respond, using open body language. It’s important to remember that everyone experiences dementia differently, but with the right help and support, relationships can still be positive and engaging.

For more information on relationships and dementia, please click here.

How will my relationship with my relative change?2021-01-29T13:37:24+00:00

Dementia can affect all aspects of a person’s life, including relationships with family and friends.
If a member of your family or a friend has been diagnosed with dementia, or you’re caring for someone with dementia, your relationship with that person will change.
It’s important to remember that everyone experiences dementia differently. But with the right help and support, relationships can still be positive and caring.

www.nhs.uk/conditions/dementia/relationships-and-dementia/

How does having dementia change a person’s behaviour?2022-04-26T11:08:06+01:00

Dementia can have a substantial effect on a person and cause them to fear the worst when diagnosed. These worries can include losing their memory, losing a sense of who they are, not comprehending what is happening in any given situation and not feeling in control of their circumstances. As the onset of dementia develops, these worries can start to become the reality for a person with dementia and can cause an effect on their behaviour.

Typically in the middle to later stages of dementia, the person may start to behave differently to how they used to. This can be distressing for both the person with dementia and for those who care for them. Some common changes during this time include repeating questions or activities over and over again, becoming restless and pacing, wandering and fidgeting, sleep patterns becoming disturbed and a tendency to roam during the night, following a partner or carer around and experiencing a loss of self-confidence which may lead to disinterest in their normal interests or routines.

If you’re caring for somebody who has dementia, it is important to try to understand why they are behaving like this. Although this isn’t always easy, it can be helpful to analyse whether the behaviour has been triggered by something. For example, does this behaviour happen at a certain time of day? Do these changes occur when this person is completing a specific task? Is the environment a contributing factor? Identifying why these behaviours may be occurring can help when planning how to deal with the person with dementia and help to assist them in the most beneficial way.

For more information on changes in behaviour, please click here.

What are ‘Reading Well Books on Prescription’?2021-01-29T13:38:00+00:00

‘Reading Well Books on Prescription’ for dementia offers support for people diagnosed with dementia, their relatives and carers, or for people who would just like to find out more about the condition.

GPs and other health professionals can recommend titles from a list of 37 books on dementia. The books are available for anyone to borrow free from their local library.

www.reading-well.org.uk/books/books-on-prescription/dementia

Where can I read more about the Care Act?2021-01-29T11:50:14+00:00

You can find useful information on the Care Act 2014 by following this link:

http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2014/23/contents/enacted

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