This is probably a subject that is really close to my own heart as my Grandfather who is 89 suffers from this crippling condition. He was perhaps the most educated, eloquent and nicest person that I have met in my life.

However over the last few years his health deteriorated. He’d forget things like the day of the week, the Prime Minister’s name and other small things. However over time this became a problem, he began to avoid certain things such as reading, he lacked concentration when you were talking or not following the storyline of a TV show or film.

Over the years I have seen so many cases of dementia where loved ones do not know how to cope with a relative who is forgetting things and starting to develop signs. Some families live in dential, some blame it on age,some choose to ignore it and others are scared because they simply do not know how to cope with it.

It is heartbreaking for family members and many health practitioners are there is no such cure. However I have read countless articles, read numerous research papers and it is fair to say that the love and understanding of a person’s family can help them a lot.

Often people with dementia, will remember certain things such as where they lived as a child, or where they worked, they may feel certain people who they know who may have passed away are alive and well and some believe that they are working a high profile job even though they retired from employment 20 years ago.

Each case and person is different.

There are a lot of things you can do if you feel that someone you know has dementia:

  • Get them to use clocks, wear a watch, put up a calendar and think about taking a daily newspaper to help you keep track of time
  • Consider keeping a diary for them, in which you can note down appointments, ‘to do’ lists and anything else you want to remember
  • Use sticky-backed notes to help remind them of things they have to do
  • Keep important things such as money, keys or spectacles in the same place, so you always know where to find them.

 

If you ever come across someone with dementia, be sure to treat them with respect and dignity. Try and not to get annoyed if you have to repeat information or the same thing again and again.

We all need help and support sometimes and it is vital that if you or anyone in your family is experiencing any of the symptoms mentioned here, on the show or even on the internet, please consult your GP who can guide and advise you accordingly.