Fearful future

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  • On 1st July 2016
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Christina Macdonald reports on the decline of her mum and why the future can be a fearful place for those in the later stages of the dementia My mum’s dementia has entered a new phase. It happened almost overnight. One day she seemed chatty and friendly, the next a detached, zombie-like figure capable of only […]
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Know that someone else understands

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  • On 16th June 2016
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After speaking at The Alzheimer’s Show about being a carer, Online Editor Christina Macdonald reveals why it’s even more important than she realised to mix with other carers When you care for a loved one with dementia, you get good and bad days. Your perspective can change. On a good day, you’re glad to have […]
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Going somewhere? Plan, prepare and be patient

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  • On 27th May 2016
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Taking a person with dementia out for the day can seem like a nice idea, but if it’s a break from their normal routine it can be stressful for them. Christina Macdonald reveals how she handled day trips and appointments When you care for a person with dementia, you develop strategies for coping with everyday […]
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Designability at The Alzheimer’s Show

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  • On 13th May 2016
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Find out how we ‘Design for People’ at The Alzheimer’s Show Designability will be showcasing how they ‘Design for People’ at The Alzheimer’s Show 2016 on 10-11 June 2016 at Olympia, London, on stand G12. The team are inviting people to join in and share their daily experiences and challenges which current products do not […]
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Walk a mile in their shoes

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  • On 12th May 2016
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When caring for a person with dementia, it’s easy to focus on practical tasks and not have time to think about how the person is feeling. Understanding situations from their perspective can make you a better carer. Words: Christina Macdonald One of the many struggles I used to have when caring for my mother was […]
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Stop thinking, start doing

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  • On 29th April 2016
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A person with dementia loses the ability to make their own choices and lead an independent life in the latter stages of the disease. Christina Macdonald explains why there’s a life lesson to be learned My friends often ask me how I feel when I visit my mum in her care home. Only last night, […]
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‘My parents were in denial’

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  • On 8th April 2016
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Angelina Manzano is a 36-year-old writer who lives in West Sussex. Her mother, Irene, who lives in Aberdeen, was diagnosed with early onset vascular dementia with Alzheimer’s in 2010. Angelina reveals what dementia has taught her about life My mum was officially diagnosed at the age of 68. An MRI scan confirmed the diagnosis. However […]
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4 things dementia carers should do

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  • On 1st April 2016
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When caring for a person with dementia, life will be easier if you can do these four things. Words: Christina Macdonald There’s nothing to be gained by looking back at the past and wishing you could have done things differently. But if I had my time again, I’d do these four things early on when […]
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Have a peaceful Easter

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  • On 23rd March 2016
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Make the most of the Easter break and take the stress off when caring for a person with dementia – here’s how to make it as peaceful as possible for everyone. Words: Christina Macdonald If you are caring for a person with dementia, the Easter break can be a challenging time for everyone as it […]
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‘I was fiercely protective of both parents’

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  • On 18th March 2016
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Nancy McAndrew is the mother of model turned marathon runner Nell McAndrew. She cared for her parents, who both had dementia. Here, she shares her story… Dementia has had a massive impact on my family. Over a period of 20 years, I cared for my parents, who both had dementia, though thankfully not at the […]
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