23 August 2022
Supporting a friend with dementia
One client of Dementia Canterbury says, ”Without the groups and support of Dementia Canterbury, I would be a little old lady sitting at home alone. The groups have helped so much with my dementia, and I love being with other people.”
Lastly, don’t be afraid to ask for help and learn as much as you can about dementia and its different types. Supporting someone with dementia can be very challenging, and it is crucial to have a support system in place. Dementia New Zealand has a wealth of resources on its website to provide practical information about the disease and what can help.
Dementia is a difficult disease to live with, but there are ways to make it easier. By being patient, helping the person stay connected and keeping them active, you can make a world of difference. The person with dementia is still the same person you have loved over the years – that will never change. As Lee says, “There is an awful lot of living well to be done post-diagnosis. A diagnosis of dementia is not the end of the road, but it is the start of a new journey.”
This article is informational only and should not be considered medical advice.