Take care of yourself

It is important to maintain a healthy lifestyle after the diagnosis, try to preserve the activities that you enjoy doing and don’t forget to exercise. Examples could be fast walking, Nordic walking, using an exercise bicycle or taking part in exercise sessions. It is most enjoyable of all to do this with friends or family.

It is also important to preserve your sleeping patterns, try to maintain regular times for your sleep as well as your meals. If you have problems sleeping in the night it is encourageable  to exercise daily, only use the bed for sleeping and avoid longer naps to improve your night sleep.

Another important factor is to eat right. Eating sufficient quantities of food with the right nutritional content provides the energy to build up and maintain your strength. Regular meals with the right nutritional content, and a good day-to-day rhythm that alternates physical activity and rest, provides you with the right conditions for a good day-to-day life. Cooking together with someone else can be an enjoyable activity for both parties.

You will probably experience a lot of emotions during the course of your disease, it is therefore important to also take care of your psychological and emotional health. Do not be afraid to vent your emotions, perhaps there is someone close to you that you can talk to. There are also lots of support groups for people who are experiencing what you are. By learning about how others cope with their dementia you will find both useful information on how to deal with yours.

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