Getting diagnosed with dementia can come as a shock even if you were expecting the news and this can be a worrying and upsetting time. Living with dementia is not easy and not only does it affect you as a person it can affect others around you.
No one can say life with dementia is easy, it isn’t, but there are ways you can make living with dementia a better life for you and your family. There are support and reassurances waiting for you from healthcare professionals who can help make life easier and more enjoyable, both now and in the future.
It is important to know that the changes which you may be experiencing are caused by a condition of the brain. There are good days and bad days with living with dementia and each person is affected in different ways. At this present time, there is no cure for this condition but there are ways to help with your memory loss.
- Establish a regular routine that can help reduce your reliance on memory.
- Get in the habit of writing things down.
- Don't overdo it or pack too much into one day as short-term memory deteriorates as fatigue increases.
- Take your time and tell others to give you time.
- Talk to people around you.
- Have a good laugh or cry - release feelings of sadness.
- Spend time with your friends or family or take part in an activity you enjoy.
- Focus on the skills and abilities you still have.
Living with dementia is a condition that you will have for the rest of your life once you have been diagnosed. This means you need to look after yourself and keep positive. Ways you can do this is by focusing on what you’re still able to do, stay in contact with friends and family, eat properly and exercise, take medications as prescribed and continue to participate in activities that are meaningful to you.