Me as a friend

Ten ways of helping a family with dementia

  1. Stay in touch – show you care
    A card, a call or a visit mean a lot.
  2. Treat the person with respect and dignity
    Focus on what the person can do, not what they can’t.
  3. Do the little things
    Cook a meal or run an errand.
  4. Offer specific help
    Tackle something on the “to do list”.
  5. Find out more about dementia
    Learn about the effects of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.
  6. Organise an outing
    Plan a treat that includes the person with dementia.
  7. Be a good listener
    Support and accept – try not to judge. Find out more in Caring for a person with dementia.
  8. Stay healthy
    So your family can offer practical support to the person with dementia.
  9. Make sure everyone has some time to themselves
    Fill in as a carer from time to time.
  10. Everybody in the family’s important
    Dementia affects everyone in the family differently. Find out how counseling could help.

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