Diagnosis and next steps

Changes in care

Making the decision to have someone help you care at home can be a difficult step to take. But it is very important that you do get help, if and when you need it

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What is dementia?

Dementia is an umbrella term for a range of progressive conditions that affect the brain. The five most common types are: Alzheimer’s, vascular dementia, dementia with Lewy bodies, frontotemporal dementia and mixed dementia

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Getting a diagnosis

If you are concerned about your own memory, or you are worried about changes you have noticed with the memory, personality or behaviour of someone close to you, it is important to consult a GP as soon as possible

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Caring from a distance

Caring from a distance is when you support and help someone from afar. It could be a mile away, ten miles, the next county or another country

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NEW: Driving and dementia

When someone who drives receives a diagnosis of dementia, one of the first concerns they and their family often have is whether they can continue to drive

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NEW: Emotional impact of diagnosis

A diagnosis of dementia can be a big shock – for the person with the condition, and their family. It can be difficult to know what to do, what decisions need to be made, who to tell, what support is available and what happens next

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GP online services

Trying to keep a person with dementia healthy, other than their dementia, might involve managing GP and other health professional appointments, as well as managing other serious health conditions and any medication they are taking

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NEW: Staying healthy

The good news is there is evidence that people living with dementia can remain healthy, with a good sense of well-being, by being active and socially engaged

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Making the home safe and comfortable

Dementia can have a significant impact on a person’s daily life, including how well they function in their home. Memory problems and the ability to co-ordinate and interpret the home environment can cause safety issues and frustration

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NEW: Changing relationships and roles

A change in the person with dementia’s abilities, alongside this growing sense of protectiveness, can lead to changes in the roles of family members. For a couple, one might now feel that they are turning into a care-giver for the person with dementia, rather than an equal partner. These changes in roles can be very difficult for people

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NEW: Understanding and challenging stigma and discrimination

Understanding why stigma and discrimination happen, and what can be done to reduce and prevent them, is important – for the person living with dementia and for their family, and wider society

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Sources of support

Our ‘sources of support’ booklet is for family carers of people with dementia and for people living with dementia. It may also contain useful information for professionals working in the field of dementia care

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View all our leaflets

Read or download our free information leaflets. They’re all written by our dementia specialist nurses and put together in response to the questions we hear on our Helpline and in the community

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Get support

We know that living with dementia can be a hard and lonely experience. We have a range of information available on our website to help advise and support, as well as our Admiral Nurse Dementia Helpline

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