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

Living well with dementia - video transcript

3-minute read

It is important to live life as regularly as possible after a diagnosis of dementia or Alzheimer's disease is made. It is important that the home environment is made as safe as possible and that good health is maintained. The video below highlights some things to consider when living with dementia.

Video transcript

Carol

I know that dementia is making it harder for me to manage. I mean, if I forget to take my heart medication or I take it twice, I can be in real trouble. As things get worse, what does my future look like? What can I do now that will help later?

Professor Susan Kurrle

Well, when a diagnosis of dementia's made, you want to keep living life as normally as possible. However, there's a number of things you can do to improve safety.

For instance, around the house. Removing any trip hazards, making sure lighting is good, making sure there are rails in the bathroom because balance can be impaired in dementia.

There are a number of things around exercising, and certainly exercise improves balance and reduces the risk of falls. Good eating is really important, and regular eating every day. Ensuring good protein intake is certainly important.

Getting a good routine in terms of personal hygiene. Reminding them to regularly clean their teeth, and making it a routine to have a shower on a daily or a second daily basis is very important.

In terms of medications, it's very important that the GP looks at every medication that the person with dementia's taking and balances the risks and benefits. A number of medications may make memory worse, particularly those that help with bladder function. So it's important to balance up the side effects of those with the negative effects.

So it's important to balance up the side effects of those with the negative effects on the person's memory. There needs to be arrangements put in place for how the person takes the medication. Should the medication be in a prepared Webster-pak or perhaps in a Dosette box? And you still need someone to remind them to take it on a daily basis.

Once you've got a diagnosis of dementia, it's really important to manage other illnesses that you might have as well as possible. Because that means your dementia is likely to progress more slowly, and you're likely to remain more healthy. So medication's an important part of that. And ensuring the medication you take is necessary and does not have any side effects is something your GP and your pharmacist can do.

In dementia, you often see a decrease in appetite. This is usually related to loss of the sense of taste and loss of the sense of smell. And also people simply forget to eat or no longer know how to prepare a sandwich or make a cup of coffee. So eating properly is really important, and sometimes prepared meals are a good way to deal with this. It's also important to remember to keep well hydrated, and drinking plenty of water is a good way to do this.

Watch the related video

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

Pre-diabetes signs and symptoms | Diabetes NSW & ACT

Find out more about pre-diabetes symptoms and understand your risk. Our information and resources will help you manage risk factors and live a healthy life.

Read more on Diabetes NSW and ACT website

Medicinal cannabis - Patient access in South Australia | SA Health

Information for patients and clinicians on how to gain access to medicinal cannabis in South Australia.

Read more on SA Health website

Cochlear Implant Services - Royal Institute for Deaf & Blind Children

A comprehensive, world-class program We deliver Australia’s largest, most comprehensive cochlear implant program, giving you access to leading surgeons, an expert team of health professionals and the latest technologies, often without out-of-pockets costs

Read more on Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) website

Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI) iBook - Royal Institute for Deaf & Blind Children

The primary purpose of this iBook is to provide parents with key information about Cortical Visual Impairment (also known as Cerebral Visual Impairment or CVI)

Read more on Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) website

Accessible Information Services - Royal Institute for Deaf & Blind Children

We’ve got you covered RIDBC pioneered the production of computerised braille in Australia and has over 30 years of expertise and knowledge in alternative format publications

Read more on Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) website

NDIS Support Coordination - Royal Institute for Deaf & Blind Children

We’re here to help We are a NDIS-registered provider for Support Coordination

Read more on Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) website

Vision Services - Royal Institute for Deaf & Blind Children

Support for children and families across the country At RIDBC, our expert team delivers services designed to meet the individual needs of each child

Read more on Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) website

Hearing Assessments - Royal Institute for Deaf & Blind Children

A playful environment Our tests are performed in a sound booth that’s designed to be child-friendly with the use of toys in a play-like environment

Read more on Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) website

Understanding Vision Impairment: Visual Acuity Simulations - Royal Institute for Deaf & Blind Children

The photographs provide an approximate simulation of vision impairment (reduced visual acuity)

Read more on Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) website

Hearing Options - Royal Institute for Deaf & Blind Children

Read Alan’s story Read Marc’s story Fantastic Fingerspellers at the Forster Bee Read Xavier’s story  For some people, hearing aids are no longer enough

Read more on Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) 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 Victorian government logo Government of Western Australia, health department logo