Dealing with Dementia
The True Reality of Dealing with Dementia
Dementia is not a natural part of the aging process; it is caused either by Alzheimer's disease or vascular dementia. A diagnosis of dementia can be devasting for you or your loved one. Many of us need practical and emotional support, love, and compassion, but it is not always easy to come by.
People with dementia can display numerous disturbing symptoms besides memory loss, from apathy to an inability to control emotions. In some cases, personalities may change, or the sufferer may hear things or suffer from hallucinations. People with dementia often forget what they did that day, or what someone told them only minutes ago. They lose the ability to understand where they are or how to do simple things, like making a cup of tea or coffee. Those who have dementia, and those who care for loved ones with the disease need lots and lots of practical and emotional support. It can be overwhelming and frightening for both the sufferer and those who love them.
In this section, we have enlisted the help of Phillipa McSkimming, a dementia care specialist. She has worked at senior levels within the NHS and private nursing homes.
If you click on this link, it will take you to a series of podcasts featuring Pippa and Julia. They discuss the realities of dementia, the feelings of both people living with dementia and their caretakers, and how to cope with the kinds of family conflicts, choices, and responsibilities that must be faced.
If you would like some help, please contact them on the form attached. Pippa and Julia will be happy to try and answer any questions you may have. They are also providing informative group discussions around the UK. If you would like more information, please register your interest in the form provided.