Dementia is an umbrella term used to describe a set of symptoms and behaviours that occur when the brain stops working properly. This results in loss of independent function for that person.
Daily brain exercises may help decrease your risk of developing dementia by building cognitive reserve.
This page will help you to find local services in relation to dementia quickly and efficiently.
If you are living with dementia, this section offers some practical advice on living your life to the full.
Within communities people are taking action, big and small steps that make a difference in the everyday lives of people with dementia. Find out what actions you can take and the supports available.
Businesses or service providers can make a big difference to the quality of life of people with dementia and their families. Find out what actions you can take and the supports available.
A community champion inspires others to make a positive difference to people living with dementia and their families. Find out how you can become a community champion and the supports available.
How to diminish the risk factors and reduce the risk of developing dementia.
Do you care for a family member with memory problems or dementia? That can be difficult, stressful, and exhausting.iSupport helps to provide good care and to take care of yourself.
iSupport helps you, a caregiver of someone with dementia, to provide good care and to take care of yourself. iSupport consists of 23 lessons, distributed over 5 themes capturing different aspects of caregiving. Depending on your needs and interests, you can choose the lessons that suit you and create your own personalized course.
Dementia is a brain condition that has an impact on your family member, but also on you and your relationship with your family member. Forgetting things, difficulties with thinking, not being able to do shopping or bathe oneself, or behavior changes such as aggression, depression or seeing things that other people do not see, can make it hard to cope with the condition. iSupport helps you to understand what dementia is and its impact. It helps you to adapt to a changing relationship, improve the way you communicate, and provides you the skills to help your family member with making decisions.
Memory problems and behaviour changes such as aggression, depression or seeing things that other people do not see can make it hard to cope with the condition. iSupport provides tips, advice and training on how to deal with behavioural changes. There are many lessons to choose from under the Challenging Behavior module and you can choose the lessons yourself based on what you decide you need to learn. You can choose as many lessons as you wish, and take these lessons in the order that you wish. You can adapt your selection during the iSupport training and return at a later date to view lessons which may become more important in the future.
The person may require more support with daily activities like bathing and eating as dementia progresses. iSupport provides tips, advice and training on how to provide good care. This will keep your family member as independent as possible. It helps to let your family member or friend feel safe, like (s)he or she has a sense of purpose and is respected. It helps to enable him or her to do the things (s)he values.
Caring can be challenging, stressful, and exhausting. iSupport provides tips, advice and training on how to take care of yourself. It helps you to master difficulties, feel empowered and improve your own well-being while caring for your family member. You will learn how to relax, do pleasant activities and think differently. If you want help to choose lessons that might help you, iSupport can provide advice, based on your own experiences as a caregiver. You can fill in an optional questionnaire at the beginning of the lesson and iSupport will arrange the lessons for you.
To find out more, please visit iSupport website at https://www.isupportfordementia.org/en
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