Dementia: First steps

Find out more about dementia, how to get a diagnosis, what support there is available for you, and tips for communicating with someone with dementia.

Maintaining health in dementia

Read more about helping a person with dementia stay physically well, including tips for good dental care and advice on making your home safe.

Understanding changes in behaviour 

Leaflets explaining symptoms associated with dementia, such as sundowning and delirium, plus tips for reducing distress behaviours.

Complementary therapies

Complementary therapies can be calming for a person with dementia and the people who look after them. Here are some non-medical treatments that can be used, alongside any medicine and clinical treatment.

Looking after yourself

Try to make sure you have a life outside of your caring responsibilities and that you get support from those around you. This can seem difficult and perhaps unimportant when there is so much to do for the person with dementia.

Planning for the future

Here is some information on how you can plan for the future, including applying for a Lasting Power of Attorney, Advance Care Planning, creating a personalised ‘Life Story’, having a Carer’s Assessment, and thinking about grief and bereavement.

Information leaflets in other languages

Access a range of our information leaflets in languages including Bengali, Gujarati, Punjabi, Tamil (Sri Lanka), Urdu, Welsh, Polish, and Chinese (traditional and simplified).

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