Don’t panic – there are so many things you or your supporter can do to help make life easier
Expect to have challenges. Always have a plan B for when for things go wrong
Making plans now will mean your loved ones won’t have to make those hard emotional decisions needed later down the line
Encourage others to support you to find new ways of doing things rather than do them for you and find a local DEEP Peer support group.
Never be embarrassed in telling people you have dementia. It’s a complex brain disease so what reason have we to be embarrassed?
Take part in research of any kind – social, technological and clinical – as without willing volunteers, researchers won’t be able to test their new theories on how to care, prevent or cure ………It also makes you feel valued and good about yourself….
Inform family and friends of the importance of not excluding you and of situations you find difficult. They could help you to find new ways.
Adapt to new ways of living. A diagnosis of dementia is all about adapting. If you can accept this, it makes it easier to accept when you can no longer do something as you did it before – you simply find a new way to do it……
Tomorrow it will be my ramblings for those supporting someone with dementia – remember these are just my own personal thoughts…….