Published 3rd January 2020
Dementia is a broad term used to describe a range of progressive and degenerative conditions which affect the brain. There are hundreds of different types of ‘dementia’ but there are few which are most commonly known such as Alzheimer’s disease, frontotemporal dementia, dementia with Lewy bodies, vascular dementia and mixed dementia.
No matter what form of Dementia is diagnosed in a person and what part of the brain it affects, each person will have a unique experience of dementia.
There are 850,000 people who live with dementia in the UK alone and this figure is predicted to rise.
As a carer, it can be incredibly difficult to watch the person you care for suffering from a form of dementia and it is important to remember that caring affects everyone differently.
Managing time and priorities
It is important to remember that you are only one person and that there is a limit to what you can do. As a result, there will be issues that you will be unable to manage alone and it is important to not be too hard on yourself.
Caring for someone who suffers from dementia can result in many difficult emotions. You may have feelings of frustration, sadness, guilt, or even anger towards the person you care for. These are all very common emotions which many carers experience. It is crucial to address these feelings as this can have an adverse impact on your own wellbeing.
Sharing and Support
If you are caring for someone who suffers from dementia do not be afraid to ask for support. Indeed, many caregivers find support groups very helpful. These groups allow carers to share experiences and feelings in a safe space with people who understand their circumstances.
Caring for a person with dementia is not easy and it is good to remember that when you need help, there will be someone to talk to.
Our support is specifically for carers and their caring role. There are other organisations which can help with dementia, including the following.
Alzheimer’s Research UK
Alzheimer’s Research produces free health information to people who want to know more about dementia or who have questions about getting a diagnosis and treatments. The booklets can be viewed, downloaded hard copies can be ordered at:
Alzheimer’s Research also operates an Infoline (9am-5pm Monday to Friday) which serves to answer specific questions from the public about dementia.
Tel: 0300 1115 111
For more information visit https://www.alzheimersresearchuk.org/about-dementia/types-of-dementia/alzheimers-disease/research/