Unless you have dementia, you will never really understand how it feels to live with the disease in day-to-day life. However, through researching into the feelings, symptoms and thought process of those living with dementia, the NHS have formulated tips on how to make the most out of life and living well with dementia.
Look after your health when you have dementia-
Having a healthy lifestyle is essential for everyone, but with dementia it is greatly important you are eating healthily and exercising regularly. Being fit and healthy effects your inner body just as much as your outer body. So letting those endorphins circulate gives you a far more positive and happy mind set.
Maintaining a social life when you have dementia-
It’s easy to want to stay in and hide yourself away when facing any problem in life, and especially one that can knock your confidence. However maintaining a social life and keeping in contact with friends is key to your health and wellbeing. It may also help to branch out and create new friendships with people who are going through a similar situation to you, as being able to speak openly is key in any relationship we want to have.
Keeping active and occupied when you have dementia-
Keeping your brain and body occupied is vital when living with dementia, by giving yourself too much time to over think your condition can lead to you feel anxious and depressed. By finding ways to keep your mind and body active in tern helps you get a better night sleep and feel far more productive during the day. Having dementia shouldn’t stop you from doing things you enjoy, so allow yourself to break down that stereotype and carry on living well.
Living with dementia will never be simple, but these are ways to make it that bit easier for you.
Let us know if these tips have helped you in living well with dementia.