Tips for looking after your loved one with dementia

It is not easy looking after a loved one with Alzheimer's but it can be rewarding and a sense of humour helps.  

Talk to as many people as possible for ideas of how to cope, such as professionals, Carers’ Cafes, other carers, family and friends because the more information gained the better. 

Apply for benefits that are available as they are not all means tested; the more physical and financial help received the better. 

It is acceptable to say “no” at times. Find time to be selfish to do things that you enjoy doing to relieve the tension and also to recharge your own batteries.  You are very important.  Staying active is healthier in body and mind for everyone. It is also important to keep in touch with friends etc. 

Find a way to have conversations with your loved one without asking a question and this will be much more productive.