People who have dementia should try to continue living their lives as before the diagnosis. It is important to manage other illness and medication to ensure that dementia progresses more slowly. Watch the video below about living with dementia.
Dementia has made our lives more uncertain. But we're going to live one day at a time and get the most out of every day. But on a bad day, I feel so helpless. When Carol has a bad day, what can I do to help?
Professor Susan Kurrle
Wrapping someone up in cotton wool once they've got a diagnosis of dementia is not a good thing to do. People should go on living their lives in the same way as they did before they had their diagnosis.
Admittedly, there will be some changes when memory needs some assistance. But people are essentially the same underneath as they have been all their lives.
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.
Wandering can be quite difficult to address, where people perhaps live in a city environment and could wander out onto the road. One way to deal with it is to take them out for regular walks so that the exercise is happening. One is to reassure them and have photos that they actually are at home - can be very effective in reducing the agitation that leads to wandering.
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Last reviewed: June 2021