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19/06/2014 - Submitted by: Tilia Bousios

When someone you know is suffering from a form of dementia it can be easy to lose sight of what you originally loved about them. Dementia is a devastating condition which can result in uncharacteristic, often violent outbursts and memory loss which can turn the sufferer into a shell of the person they were. However, with the right care and support, you can preserve a great deal of their personality.

Support includes communication as well as medical support. Although it’s vital to keep up with the right medication, talking to them is also incredibly important. In order to not frustrate them and provoke an outburst, speak to them in simple terms without being patronizing. Ask them questions about themselves but ensure it’s only one question at a time so that they don’t become confused.

Spotting their signs of discomfort can also go a long way in maintaining their mental and physical wellness. Make sure they’re not sitting or lying in the same position for an extended period of time, pay attention to the temperature in case they become too hot or cold, and always check if they’re hungry or thirsty.

If a member of your family suffers from dementia, this informative guide can provide you with information and advice on how to support them and make them comfortable.

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