Caring for somebody with dementia can be challenging, but with the right support it can be rewarding. In the early stages of dementia, many people are able to enjoy life in the same way as before their diagnosis. But as symptoms get worse, the person may feel anxious, stressed and scared due to being unable to remember things, follow conversations or concentrate.
It’s important to support the person to maintain skills, abilities and an active social life. This can also help how they feel about themselves. Find out more about caring for somebody with dementia on the NHS website.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important that a person living with dementia continues to get the support they need. They may require more support at this time, for example in managing medication and routine.
Read about changes in behaviour of people living with dementia, Find out more about supporting somebody with dementia, and view and information pack about care for somebody with dementia during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Many people with dementia will also be living with hearing loss. There is evidence to suggest that people with hearing loss are also more likely to develop dementia, although at present it is not known why this is. Any hearing loss that hasn’t been diagnosed may also make dementia symptoms appear worse. Find out more about dementia and hearing loss.