Every Day is Mother’s Day

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Mother’s Day is not just an annual date in the diary when your mum has dementia. Christina Macdonald explains why I used to joke that every day is Mother’s Day when your mum has dementia, but in truth it wasn’t intended to be funny. When you care for a parent with dementia, it’s not just […]
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Know your rights

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  • On 19th February 2016
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You may be missing out on financial and practical help if you’re caring for a person with dementia and you don’t know your rights, says Christina Macdonald Do you know your rights as a carer? I ask purely because I know that when you care for a person with dementia it’s so easy to get […]
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Forget about the present, focus on the past

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  • On 5th February 2016
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Talk to your parent about the past and you may be surprised by how much they come to life, says Christina Macdonald How much do you know about your parents? I ask because it occurred to me the other day while visiting my mum that I didn’t know a great deal about her early life. […]
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‘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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Should you take a person with dementia on holiday?

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  • On 4th December 2015
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Christina Macdonald’s efforts to treat her mother to a luxury spa break backfired badly and proved to be quite a learning curve It might seem like a nice idea to treat a person with dementia to a short break away from home, especially if they have just been diagnosed or they are feeling depressed and […]
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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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‘Why write about dementia?’ – Introducing our new Online Editor Christina Macdonald

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  • On 18th November 2015
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My friends have asked me this question many times. Surely I should write about a more cheerful topic? After years of writing about health and fitness, I’ve got some very strong reasons for writing about dementia. My mother Hazel has vascular dementia and caring for her has been a huge learning curve, as well as […]
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