Caring for yourself

Caring for yourself

Your health Are you so committed to caregiving tasks that you’ve neglected your own physical, mental, and emotional well-being? The following questions may help you determine if you are putting your health at risk: Do you visit your doctor annually? The best thing you...
Telling family and friends

Telling family and friends

There is no right way of telling family and friends about a diagnosis of dementia. The decision will depend on the strength of the relationships and the personalities involved. Try to respect the person’s decision about how or whether to tell other people about the...
Decision Making

Decision Making

People with dementia may feel confused and anxious and in need of reassurance. They may also have some important decisions to make, including: How and when to tell family and friends of the diagnosis Whether to carry on working When to stop driving How they would like...
Maintaining independence

Maintaining independence

Especially in the early stages, there ’s a lot you can do to help the person you are caring for, to stay independent. It may be tempting to do things for people with dementia, but they are more likely to feel confident and to retain a sense of self-worth if they are...
Things to consider

Things to consider

Older persons’ rights http://www.saopf.org.za/charter.html is well worth visiting. The Older Persons Charter can be found there in Afrikaans, English, isiZulu, isiXhosa and Sesotho. Talking things over You will need to discuss plans for the future with those...
Diagnosing Dementia

Diagnosing Dementia

I have dementia A diagnosis of dementia comes as a shock, even if you have been half expecting it. This will be a worrying and upsetting time for you and those close to you and you will all need a great deal of reassurance and support. There is much that you can do,...