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How can I find out more about dementia and how it affects my loved one?

Why don’t you try? : Find out more about how dementia affects those who have it

If the person you’re supporting has been recently diagnosed with dementia, you may want to know more about their condition. Understanding more about dementia can help you to come to terms with their diagnosis and the changes they may go through. The word ‘dementia’ describes a group of symptoms that may include memory loss, difficulties with thinking, problem solving or language, and often changes in mood, perception or behaviour. These changes are usually small to start with, but for someone with dementia they have become bad enough to affect daily life. Dementia isn’t a natural part of ageing. It occurs when the brain is affected by a disease. There are many different diseases that cause dementia. The most common causes of dementia are Alzheimer’s disease and the diseases that cause vascular dementia.

Get a Carers Guide for Dementia from the Alzheimer’s Society

Supporting someone with dementia can be a rewarding experience, giving you an opportunity to help someone who is important to you and learn new skills. But we also know that it may be very challenging at times.

Find books on Dementia from the Reading Well Scheme

Reading Well Books on Prescription for dementia recommends books you might find helpful if you have dementia, are caring for someone with dementia or would like to find out more about the condition.
The books provide information and advice, support for living well, advice for relatives and carers, and personal stories. They are endorsed by health professionals and can all be found in the local library.
Selected titles are also available to borrow as e-books and audiobooks. Visit your local library website to find out how to join the library and access books electronically.

Sources: Alzheimers
Source: Reading Well
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Here’s a tip for you to try this week :

Get access to your carers guide for dementia via alzheimers.org., Join the Reading Well book scheme at your local library, where you can loan books on the Dementia booklist which provide information and advice, support for living well, advice for relatives and carers, and personal stories., Contact your local dementia support group for advice and support,

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