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DEMENTIA CARE


Dementia Through Their Eyes:


How to Deliver Person-Centred Care The Good Care Group, a UK-based live-in care provider, talk about their newly


launched dementia guide, designed to raise awareness on how to care for a loved one living with the condition.


It is estimated that there are over 850,000 people in the UK currently living with some form of dementia. It was also recently declared as Britain’s biggest killer, overtaking heart disease as a leading cause.


The Good Care Group aim to educate and provide people with useful tips on how to care for the ones closest to them, which could make a huge difference and change their lives for the better.


Dementia: through their eyes is a guide created by the care provider that offers tips on how to deliver person-centred care to people whose lives have been affected by dementia.


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The free resource comprises practical tips on communicating, eating well and improving wellbeing, plus advice on assistive technology and creative therapies.


Understanding Dementia The guide seeks to inform people about the different types of dementia, noting that dementia is a ‘collection of syndromes resulting from damage to the brain’. With Alzheimer’s as the most common type, the guide covers the common functions which can be affected by dementia including memory, thinking speed, mental agility, understanding and judgement.


Although these symptoms are common amongst most individuals with dementia, the rate of progression


varies from person to person and is dependent on the type of dementia, as well as the overall health and lifestyle of the individual. Anyone who is concerned about dementia should seek help by talking to their GP.


Feelings at the Fore It often becomes difficult for people with dementia to store new factual information. Therefore, a person with Dementia will always know how they are feeling, but they may not know why.


Speaking in the guide Christine Bryden, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease at age 46, said: “As we become more emotional and less cognitive, it’s the way you talk to us, not what you say, that we remember.”


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