Maintaining health in dementia

Cancer and dementia

The main risk factor for both cancer and dementia is age. These information leaflets focus on cancer and dementia. They include ‘Cancer and dementia: A guide for carers’ and ‘A guide for people with cancer and dementia’

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Advice on moving into a care home

People with dementia might need to make the move into a care home for a number of reasons and this can be really difficult, practically and emotionally, for everyone involved

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Continence

People with dementia can experience problems with using the toilet, which can be distressing for them and those who care for them. This might be due to difficulty finding the toilet or reaching it in time, or problems with co-ordination

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Creating a 'Life Story'

Everyone has their own unique life story. Our life experiences shape us as individuals, and knowing these helps others to understand who we are as a person

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A dementia friendly home

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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Eating and drinking

People with dementia may experience problems with eating and drinking. Helping a person with dementia to maintain a healthy diet can be difficult for the people caring for them. This leaflet aims to provide some positive tips on ways to help

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Good habits for bedtime

Sleep disturbance and issues around bedtime can be very common in people with dementia. This leaflet gives some tips about developing good habits at bedtime

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Learning disability and dementia

A learning disability is a condition that affects the way a person learns new things, how they understand information and how they communicate. Learning disability can be caused by genetics, or by a physical change, such as an accident

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Managing anxiety and depression

It is not always possible for a person affected by anxiety or depression to recognise these symptoms in themselves. This can be even more difficult for someone who also has dementia

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Mouth care

Maintaining good oral health is essential to your overall well-being. Daily care can help stop problems like painful cavities and infections before they arise, and helps avoid pain when eating, drinking and communicating

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Pain in dementia

Pain can often be missed or not recognised in people with dementia. They may have communication difficulties which makes them less able to tell you

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Sex, intimacy and dementia

As a person’s dementia progresses, it is possible that there may be changes in their relationship with others. This can be complex both for the person and those around them, especially their partners

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Caring for a person with a stoma and dementia

Teaching a person with dementia how to care for their stoma is not possible in all cases, but where it is possible, attempts should be made to encourage them

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Keeping a person with dementia safe during hot weather

Due to communication difficulties a person with dementia may not be able to explain that they’re dehydrated or feeling unwell because of the heat

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What effect does dementia have on sleep?

Rachel Thompson, Admiral Nurse Professional and Practice Development Lead at Dementia UK, talks about how dementia affects sleep and how carers and families can approach sleep disturbance and its possible underlying causes

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