People with dementia can continue to do lots of things and even take up new hobbies and interests.
While a diagnosis is extremely difficult to come to terms with, it is important to try to focus on the positive. Get out and about and continue to do the things you and your loved one enjoy doing.
Go out of the house as often as possible...for walks, to church, concerts. Go on the bus, Luas and Dart for spins. Joe, Dublin.
With supports, a person with dementia can continue to do most things in the early stages. As the condition progresses, some activities may no longer be possible, but there are many things you both can do together and separately.
Dad loves the garden, he can't mow the grass any more but we often water the plants or pot up new ones, he is still teaching me how to look after them! Anonymous
There are strategies you can use to cope with memory loss. Consider technology to help maintain independence. Read Practical Tips for Daily Living to find out more ( link to I have dementia/practical tips). You may have questions about driving and dementia and safety in the home.
You can find out more by:
Contacting the Alzheimer Helpline at 1800 341 341
Talking to other carers, join a support group or go online
Read our factsheets and resources.
Booklet: Practical Tips for Coping with Memory Loss
Factsheet: Coping with memory loss
Factsheet: Maintaining Skills
Factsheet: Driving and dementia
Factsheet: Safety in the Home
If you would like printed copies of this booklet or factsheets, contact our national Helpline at 1800 341 341 or email email@example.com. We post copies free of charge to family members and friends of people with dementia.