Things you can still do with dementia – but didn’t know you could

July 29, 2021

When receiving a diagnosis of dementia, it can feel for the person diagnosed and their loved ones that life as they knew it is over.

Although much will depend on age, current abilities and the progression of the condition, there is still much that the person can do that maybe they didn’t realise they could.

Driving

Often a person believes that they will have to automatically surrender their licence when they are diagnosed. This is not always the case. This useful blog explains.

LEAP group

Dementia UK’s Lived Experience Advisory Panel (LEAP)

Going on Holiday

Everyone loves to take a holiday, from the anticipation to the chance to unwind. Although there are things to take into consideration when planning a holiday, it can be a vital chance for family carers and the person with dementia to reset. This article explains things to consider.

Due to Covid-19 there will however be more things to take into consideration. Some people are choosing to have a holiday or a ‘staycation’ at different parts of the UK. This can be more manageable for the person with dementia and wider family, particularly with quarantining and testing still affecting international travel. If however you are thinking about going abroad, then please have a look through the separate England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland guidance.

Work

With the age of retirement going up and changes to pensions there are a growing number of people who will still be employed and may not want to stop working yet. This is the case for people with dementia as well. Although the majority of people will be retired when diagnosed with dementia, someone with early or young onset dementia may wish to carry on working for financial reasons and for personal satisfaction. Employers have an obligation to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that a person with dementia is not disadvantaged in the workplace. This blog clearly explains how you could continue to work after diagnosis.

Being part of the community

For many people being part of a community is important for physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. A diagnosis of dementia should not stop anyone doing the things they love from going to their place of worship to taking part in sporting activities. However, some adaptations may be needed to help ensure a pleasant experience. Theatres and cinemas may have more relaxed slots so that anyone attending can make noise and move around if needed.

Have a voice

For many years, people living with dementia did not have a voice, with things being done “to” or “for” them as if having dementia took away all ability to decide anything. This is changing and the voices of people with dementia are being heard.

For example, a person with dementia may believe that they cannot vote in a general election – they can.

More and more those living with dementia are making their voices heard by being part of organisations. At Dementia UK, we have our LEAP (Lived Experience Advisory Panel) which is made up of people living with dementia and carers who support the charity with invaluable advice and feedback on many aspects of our work.

Dementia UK’s Campaigns Network can also be another invaluable platform for people with dementia to play a part in improved dementia care and support.

Blogging and using social media platforms is another way that the voices of those living with dementia are being heard by many.

Going out series: galleries, museums and exhibitions with a person with dementia

Admiral Nurse Jules Knight focuses on museums, galleries and other exhibitions and how families can make the most out of a day out there with someone they know living with dementia

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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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