Welcome to the DSDC online dementia information hub.
This resource page has been created as part of the ‘Dementia Education for Family Carers & Volunteers’ project, led by DSDC with backing from partner organisations. The aim of the information provided is to help support family carers and volunteers, support people living with dementia to maintain, or improve their quality of life.
Dementia is often talked about as a single illness that affects everyone in the same way. In reality, this isn’t the case. Most people have very different experiences of dementia, which means that the support offered needs to be individualised.
Communication can become more difficult for people with dementia. From participating in a social conversation to expressing needs and preferences, dementia can impact on someone’s ability to communicate to the way they have always done.
It is impossible to know ahead of time how dementia will, or won’t, affect the way an individual behaves. It is important to recognise that behaviour is a method of communication which always carries meaning.
Changes in the brain can alter how an individual understands their physical surroundings. When this is properly understood, environments can be adapted to help changes in a person’s mobility and ability, to support them to live as independently as possible.
Conversations about dementia tend to focus on the neurological symptoms of the disease, but it is important to remember that there can be other symptoms and eating and drinking is often a topic of concern.
A diagnosis of dementia shouldn’t stop us or our loved ones from travelling, although it may require a different level of planning.
For some people living with dementia, being admitted to hospital can be a confusing and traumatic experience. Here DSDC shares practical hints and guidance.
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