Early signs of dementia and how getting a diagnosis of dementia can be a crucial first step in obtaining support to cope and come to terms with life with dementia.
Welcome to the Dementia Gateway, containing supportive information and resources, including videos, e-learning material and downloads, for care workers, people living with dementia, and their friends and family. Some resources on the Dementia Gateway are mapped to the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) units to support your learning.
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Definition of dementia
Dementia is the name for a group of illnesses that affects the brain, with the most common form being Alzheimer's disease. Early signs of dementia may include memory problems, decline in communication skills, recognition and coordination difficulties, disorientation, changes in behaviour, judgment and mood, and loss of daily life skills.
Helping people come to terms with their diagnosis, to make decisions and plan ahead is critical in supporting them to live well with dementia.
Making life easier and more enjoyable is important for a person living with dementia.
The physical environment can work well or make some big problems for people living with dementia. Where possible, people living with dementia must be supported to make their own decisions.
Carers play an absolutely vital role in the care and support of people with dementia – and yet often they have to battle with the health and social care system to be heard.
The later stages of dementia are usually referred to as advanced or severe dementia. Each individual will experience it differently.