Getting to know the person with dementia: the impact of diagnosis

What is the video about?

This film won won its category (Best factual new media) at the Older People Media Awards 2013. It introduces 6 people who have been diagnosed with dementia.  Understanding the person with dementia helps to provide person centred care and support.

Messages for practice

1. Understanding the person with dementia helps to provide person centred care and support.

2. Sometimes people with dementia are upset about the changes they are experiencing; they need support to deal with how they feel, different people have different emotions.

3. Getting to know the person with dementia will help them to maintain their independence and dignity. It will help to ensure they are treated as an individual; this is really important to the person
with dementia.

4. People with dementia still have interesting lives; we need to look past their dementia.