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Coping with caring

Caring for someone with dementia

Coping with caring


This section deals with the kind of problems and decisions you may be faced with in the course of caring for someone with this disease.

  • The first chapter gives information about self help organisations – what they are and how they can help you.
  • The chapter on looking after the carer is about your own needs. It is extremely important to look after yourself as otherwise you will not be able to provide the kind of care that you would like and that the person with dementia needs. It is therefore not selfish but on the contrary essential that you also look after your own wellbeing.
  • There is also a chapter on the later stages of the illness, when you may have to let the person with dementia go, in order to benefit from the care provided by trained professionals.
  • There is also a chapter on death and bereavement. This chapter is about the conflicting emotions you may experience when the person you have been caring for finally passes away, but also about a time in the future when you will be able to look back and remember the person as he or she was before the disease.
  • Finally there is a chapter on the brain tissue donations.



Last Updated: Monday 05 January 2009