Tips for helping a relative or friend living with dementia

What is dementia?

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, dementia is an overall term for diseases and conditions characterised by a decline in memory, language, problem-solving and other thinking skills that affect a person’s ability to perform everyday activities. Alzheimer’s is the most common cause of dementia.

Symptoms of dementia

  • problems with short-term memory
  • keeping track of a purse or wallet
  • paying bills
  • planning and preparing meals
  • remembering appointments
  • traveling out of the neighbourhood

Caring for someone with dementia can be challenging and stressful. But with the right support, it can be rewarding and often satisfying.

With the right help and support, many people can, and do, live well with dementia for several years.