Living Well

If you’ve been diagnosed with dementia, there are lots of things you can do that will help you to live as well as possible.

To help cope with memory problems you could try using a large diary and perhaps keeping it next to a calendar clock. Also try keeping important items, such as keys or glasses, together in the same place.

You can try to make your home safer. Remove things that are east to trip over and install carbon monoxide detectors and smoke alarms. You could also get automatic timers for plugs, lights and heating.

Try to stay active and social: it can help you retain skills and memory, as well as improve your self-esteem, sleep and wellbeing. Wherever possible, keep doing what you enjoy, even if you have to do it a little differently.

Ask an occupational therapist (a healthcare professional who supports people to maintain everyday skills) for advice on activities.

Having dementia doesn’t mean you feel unwell or depressed; it’s important to try and stay healthy. Regular exercise and eating a balanced diet can help. If you smoke, try to stop. Arrange regular checkups with your GP, as well as regular dental, eye and hearing checks.

Get the annual flu vaccine and see the doctor promptly if you feel unwell.