How to Care for Someone With Dementia

Caring for someone with dementia can be frustrating, sad, and really test your patience. Remember that it is not the person creating the dilemma but rather the disease. Here are some things to help make it easier.


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    Look for information. Read books and learn all you can about dementia so you better understand what you are dealing with. There are a wide range of products available to help make both the dementia patient and the caregivers life easier.
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    Be kind and patient. People with dementia are for the most part caring, smart, funny and always wanting to help others. They respond to kindness and they need a lot of patience.
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    Use diversion. Sometimes people with dementia become anxious or angry. At these times diversion is most important. They like to be kept busy with games, crafts, singing, or just talking about the past. Their abilities will be different because the stage of their dementia is different.
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    Find support. It will be hard for a mate not to grieve the loss of his/her mate of many years, or for the child not to grieve the loss of a loving parent. Attend support groups and seminars, and know you are not alone.
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    Consider buying dementia aids. For those who are caring for relatives suffering with dementia, there are a range of dementia products and dementia aids designed to make both carer and patients' lives easier. Many drug stores and medical supply shops may carry them and you can find sites on the web which carry a whole range of items specifically geared towards patients with dementia.
    • These products cover a range of categories, such as memory aids for dementia, mobility support aids, products to improve bathing safety, assistive devices, nutritional items for specific needs, products to help deal with and manage incontinence, special clothing and aids for vision and hearing.
    • Some of these products are designed to help daily life. Dementia products such as mobility aids and hearing devices provide essential day to day support and good nutritional products can provide valuable calories, nutrients and support a balanced diet, or act as a meal replacement where required.
    • Other products are valuable for emergencies - such as incontinence management products and aids and also for hospital trips where an extended stay is required. Products exist to help make homes more friendly for patients liable to be wobbly on their feet - to help get in and out of the bath, or up steps for example, by adding wheelchair friendly ramps and aids to mobility.
    • Others still are designed for the lighter side of living with dementia and help encourage recreation and activity - such as large print playing cards and decorative canes for patients who wish to maintain a sense of style!
    • The market for dementia aids is growing all the time and offering ever better choice and availability, as new innovations seek to help manage and ease life with the condition and help carers offer easier support and assistance in maintaining a good, dignified quality of life for the patient.


  • Ask for help from others.
  • Always take time to care for yourself.
  • Don't be afraid to admit when you are frustrated and or angry, as they are normal emotions, in what is most likely a very trying illness that can't be controlled and emotions that the person with dementia doesn't understand and showing frustration or anger is most likely going to create anxiety in the patient, as well as the care giver.
  • Finding a support group that allows and understands your venting and offers a shoulder, as well as insight. A two minute conversation will do wonders for taking you out of the negative path.
  • Socialize!!!! This will make them feel like they are a part of things!!


  • The most important is to give the medication at the exact time, everytime and keep the schedule as routine as possible. Always monitor and pay very close attention to anxiety and negative mood swings, behaviour and thought process path of your subject. Dementia and any mental confusion can be escalated very quickly into becoming a bad situation, if you do not remain calm, take control and try to defuse or divert the bad behavior as quick as possible.

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Categories: Neurological Disorders