‘Exercise helped me stay sane’

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  • On 22nd January 2016
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You may have heard the expression: ‘You can’t look after someone else if you don’t take care of yourself’. One of the best ways to do this is to find time to exercise. Christina Macdonald explains why it’s so beneficial for carers I’m going to say something crazy. If you’re caring for a person with […]
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Good reasons to keep visiting a person with dementia

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  • On 6th January 2016
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Is there any point in going to see a person with dementia if they don’t remember you or even recall your visit? Alzheimer’s Society certainly thinks so and Christina Macdonald agrees wholeheartedly… Every now and then a piece of research hits the headlines that sounds so obvious, you wonder why someone commissioned it in the […]
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Feeling the fear

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  • On 21st December 2015
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A person with dementia can become fearful over everyday tasks and activities that most of us take for granted. Christina Macdonald explains how to calm them down When you are caring for a person with dementia, the learning never stops. Ideas can backfire. Something that seems like a good idea, such as taking someone out […]
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‘Did I just ask you that?’

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  • On 19th November 2015
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The Alzheimer’s Show’s Online Editor Christina Macdonald reflects on the challenges of caring for her mum, Hazel Neal, who was diagnosed with dementia six years ago My mother was first diagnosed with vascular dementia in 2009, though I suspect she’d had the illness for a couple of years beforehand. I’d known for a while that […]
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