The Dementia Guide
This is a must have for anyone with a new diagnosis of any form of dementia. It is FREE and packed full of useful information.
A diagnosis of dementia often comes as a heavy blow to both the person and their family. There is a fantastic new guide available to anyone affected by this called The dementia guide, living well after diagnosis and I have just received my copy.
This book is designed for anyone who has been newly diagnosed with any form of dementia such as Alzheimers’ disease, vascular dementia or mixed dementia.
It is also useful for family members and close friends of someone with dementia and anyone taking on a caring role.
The dementia guide helps people to understand more about dementia and the treatments, supports and services that are available. It includes information about living as well as possible with dementia and about making plans for the future. The dementia guide is provided free of charge to anyone who may find it useful and is produced by the Alzheimers society with funding from the Department of Health.
It contains a short but useful 10 step checklist of things to consider and actually do and where in the guide you will find more detailed information. These include
- “Understand more about your diagnosis – for example the type of dementia you have and what your drugs are for if prescribed
- Talk to others about how you are feeling and ask your GP if there are any therapies of activities that could help you
- Try some methods to help you to cope with memory loss
- Introduce exercise to your daily routine and review your diet to make sure it is balanced
- Organise regular checkups with your GP, dentist, optician and chiropodist
- Arrange a benefits check for you and your carer
- Write or update your Will and appoint an attourney
- Tell the DVLA and your car insurer if you are still driving
- Ask social services for a community care assessment and a carers assesment
- Get in touch with the Alzheimers Society to find out about local services for you and your carer.
I think this is a start to living with dementia that is both positive and practical and the whole dementia guide is focused on living well with dementia rather than coping.