Healthdirect Free Australian health advice you can count on.

Medical problem? Call 1800 022 222. If you need urgent medical help, call triple zero immediately

healthdirect Australia is a free service where you can talk to a nurse or doctor who can help you know what to do.

beginning of content

Everyday tasks and dementia

1-minute read

When a person with dementia finds that their mental abilities are declining, they’ll probably feel anxious, stressed and scared. They may be aware of their increasing clumsiness and inability to remember things, and this can be very frustrating and upsetting for them.

If you care for someone with dementia, you can help them feel more secure by creating a regular daily routine in a relaxed environment where they're encouraged and supported.

In the early stages of dementia, memory aids can be used around the house to help the person remember where things are. For example, you could put pictures on cupboard doors of what's inside, such as cups and saucers. This may help to trigger their memory and enable them to retain their independence longer.

You can also involve them in everyday tasks such as shopping, setting the table or raking leaves in the garden. These types of tasks may help them to feel useful and improve their sense of self-worth.

As the illness progresses, these tasks may become harder for them to manage independently, and you may need to give them more support. Offer support sensitively and don't be critical of their attempts. It can be very important for them to feel that they're still useful.

Learn more here about the development and quality assurance of healthdirect content.

Last reviewed: October 2018


Back To Top

Need more information?

These trusted information partners have more on this topic.

Top results

Family and friends matter | Dementia Australia

*/

Read more on Dementia Australia website

Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Tips for carers, families and friends of people living with dementia | Dementia Australia

Be mindful of the symptoms of coronavirus COVID-19 such as fever, a cough, sore throat, tiredness and shortness of breath. If you display any of these symptoms, contact your doctor for advice or call the Coronavirus Health Information Line for advice on 1800 020 080.

Read more on Dementia Australia website

I am a carer, family member, or friend | Dementia Australia

Information and ideas for carers, family members, and friends. Activities for people with dementia Advance care planning Caring for someone who lives alone

Read more on Dementia Australia website

Safety in and around the home | Dementia Australia

Dementia affects each person differently. However symptoms such as confusion, memory loss and disorientation are usually present, and problems with mobility and co-ordination may also affect safety. It is important that family, carers, friends and health professionals assist the person with dementia to feel and be as secure as possible. 

Read more on Dementia Australia website

Early diagnosis of dementia | Dementia Australia

The importance of early diagnosis of dementia and information about the diagnosis process. This information may be helpful to people who have concerns about dementia or to those who are concerned about their family members or friends.

Read more on Dementia Australia website

Eating | Dementia Australia

Meal times provide us with an opportunity to spend time with our family and friends, as well as sharing food together. When caring for someone with dementia meal times can sometimes become stressful. Loss of memory and problems with judgment can cause difficulties in relation to eating and nutrition for many people with dementia. There are many ways to improve the situation. 

Read more on Dementia Australia website

Help with Dementia | Dementia Australia

Help with Dementia is an online support portal for people living with dementia, their families and carers

Read more on Dementia Australia website

Is it dementia? | Dementia Australia

The Is It Dementia website was decommissioned in June 2018. Is It dementia is an education workshop designed to broaden dementia knowledge for customer-facing staff in the banking, c

Read more on Dementia Australia website

Dementia Resources | Dementia Australia

The Dementia Resources blog is produced by the Victorian library of Dementia Australia . Blog is updated every 3- 4 weeks, is topic based and covers a range of resources.

Read more on Dementia Australia website

Dementia In My Family | Dementia Australia

Dementia in My Family offers valuable resources and information for children and adults who either know someone living with dementia or have dementia in the family.

Read more on Dementia Australia website

Healthdirect 24hr 7 days a week hotline

24 hour health advice you can count on

1800 022 222

Government Accredited with over 140 information partners

We are a government-funded service, providing quality, approved health information and advice

Australian Government, health department logo ACT Government logo New South Wales government, health department logo Northen Territory Government logo Government of South Australia, health department logo Tasmanian government logo Government of Western Australia, health department logo