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Living with Dementia

Things to consider if you have dementia Self-care

Self-care

The way you take care of yourself is paramount. People living with dementia can become overwhelmed and neglect their own physical, emotional, social and intellectual needs. By maintaining good care for yourself, you enable yourself to experience a better quality of life and maximize your strengths and capabilities.
 

Manage your stress

While a certain amount of stress is natural and expected, too much stress for anyone, including a person living with dementia, is not helpful. There are many ways to manage your stress in a positive manner, including:
  • Minimizing distractions or unwanted noise
  • Spending quality time with family and friends
  • Listening to your favourite music
  • Taking part in a favourite activity
  • Going on an outing to your favourite restaurant, store, park, activity center, etc.
  • Taking a walk or spending time outdoors
  • Taking part in a new activity that challenges your mind or your body
  • Speaking to your family physician
  • Joining a support group
  • Taking a trip down memory lane by looking at photos or videos that you enjoy
  • Skype long-distance family and friends to enjoy some free face time when travel isn’t possible

Other resources include:

Alberta Health Services Family Caregiver Centre has a program that allows you to connect with other people living with dementia and their family members. It usually involves coffee meetings or other engaging activities.
Contact Charlene at 403-955-1674.
Visit their website: www.albertahealthservices.ca/3730.asp