Living Well Guide Dementia - Page 9

WHAT IS DEMENTIA? Dementia does not change who you are. It’s possible to live well with dementia. You’re the same person after a diagnosis as you were before and there’s support available – you won’t be alone. There will be challenges and hard times ahead but we can always also find good moments and good days. 5 Things you should know about dementia 1. Dementia is not a natural part of ageing 2. Dementia is caused by diseases of the brain 3. It's not just about losing your memory 4. People can still live well with dementia 5. There is more to the person than the dementia. Dementia can affect how you carry out daily activities, how you perceive the world, how your body works, how you communicate, and your memory. It is important to try and diagnose Dementia in its early stages as this can help to slow down its progression. A diagnosis can assist the person with Dementia by making sure that they receive the right treatment, are supported and help those closest to them plan and set up for the future. If you are worried please see your Doctor. We all have a part to play in supporting people suffering from dementia and their carers’. People suffering from Dementia can be active members of the community and can live a full high quality life. Dementia Friends Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Friends programme is the biggest ever initiative to change people’s perceptions of dementia. It aims to transform the way the nation thinks, acts and talks about the condition. Whether you attend a face-to-face Information Session or watch the online video, Dementia Friends is about learning more about dementia and the small ways you can help. From telling friends about the Dementia Friends programme to visiting someone you know living with dementia, every action counts.