Little can prepare someone for being diagnosed with dementia but support from the early stages can help.

Covering many common concerns including how to get a diagnosis of dementia, creating safe living environments, dietary recommendations and care options, these pages are designed to help you to understand more about dementia, what it means for people living with it and how you can help support a loved one who has dementia.

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  • What is dementia?

    Dementia is the term used to describe a group of symptoms that occur when the brain is affected by specific diseases and conditions. Find out more about dementia.

  • Spotting the early signs of dementia

    It is important to understand that dementia affects people in different ways. Find out more about the possible symptoms and signs of dementia to be aware of.

  • How to get a diagnosis of dementia

    There is advice and support available for people with dementia, a diagnosis can ensure you have access to the right information to help you plan for your future. There are also treatments which can sometimes lessen the symptoms, so it is important to speak to your GP as soon as possible if you are concerned.

  • Adapting living environments for people with dementia

    It’s important to create safe and supportive environments where people living with dementia can live comfortably, maintain their independence and not feel restricted in any way. Find out more about adapting living environments.

  • Activities for people living with dementia

    People living with dementia should have access to a wide range of carefully considered individual and group activities, with plenty of opportunity to socialise with others. Find out about the importance of Life Story in planning meaningful activities.

  • Dietary recommendations for people with dementia

    Sometimes people with dementia can have a poor appetite or lose interest in food altogether. Find out more about the different ways you can help boost appetite and encourage a person to enjoy mealtimes.

  • Meeting the emotional needs of people with dementia

    Meeting the emotional needs of people living with dementia can be hard. Often a person with dementia can have trouble expressing themselves and can become frustrated as a result. Find out more about supporting their emotional needs.

  • Dementia care options

    If a person’s dementia means that they need specialist care or support and no longer wish to live in their own home, there are lots of different care options available designed to meet their changing needs. Find out more about dementia care options.