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The brain tells your body what to do. The brain tells you how to walk and talk. The brain tells you how to do things. The brain helps you to remember things.

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1 The brain tells your body what to do. The brain tells you how to walk and talk. The brain tells you how to do things. The brain helps you to remember things like the people you know. The Brain and Dementia. Developed by NHS Fife Learning Disability Service

2 Dementia is an illness in the brain. Having dementia makes it harder to do things. What is Dementia? Developed by NHS Fife Learning Disability Service

3 People with dementia might forget things like: ● How to do things in the house. ● How to get dressed and how to eat. ● The names and faces of people they know well. ● Where to put things ? Developed by NHS Fife Learning Disability Service

4 The person might speak less than before If these things happen, people will need extra help. Here are some things that can help. The persons behaviour might change People with dementia might act differently: Developed by NHS Fife Learning Disability Service

5 Talking to someone with dementia Look at the person Smile Talk in a quiet, nice voice Only say a little bit at time. Do not talk too much! The person might want to look at photographs with you quiet Blah, blah, blah, blah Developed by NHS Fife Learning Disability Service

6 The person might be a bit slow to answer you. They might need a bit more time to think. This is OK, just wait for them to talk to you. The person might say the same things again and again. This is OK. Try to stay calm. The person might forget words or names. This is OK. Try to stay calm. Just help them by saying the name in a quiet, nice voice. again..again..again Your name is..em..em ……… Developed by NHS Fife Learning Disability Service

7 Helping someone with dementia The person might not be able to do all the things they used to. They will need more help with Getting dressed Washing Going to the toilet Jobs in the house Developed by NHS Fife Learning Disability Service

8 People can help them by showing them or telling them what to do The person might need more time to do things Sometimes they have to stop doing some things because it is not safe or they are too difficult. Developed by NHS Fife Learning Disability Service

9 Changes in the house: It might be hard for the person to move around the house. There might be some changes in the house to help them such as: New floor or carpet Colour stripes on stairs Pictures on doors Developed by NHS Fife Learning Disability Service

10 The person might have some equipment to help them such as Walking aid Wheelchair Rails to hold Developed by NHS Fife Learning Disability Service

11 Eating and Drinking The person might need more help with eating and drinking They might need different colour cutlery and plates They might need someone to help them eat. They might find finger food like sandwiches or pieces of fruit easier to eat. Developed by NHS Fife Learning Disability Service The Picture Communication Symbols ©1981–2010 by Mayer-Johnson LLC. All Rights Reserved Worldwide. Used with permission.

12 Night time The person might find it hard to sleep They might wake up in the night If they wake up someone will help them. The person might have alarms in the house so they can get help if they wake up If they wake you up, try to go back to sleep. Developed by NHS Fife Learning Disability Service

13 Sometimes people get upset easily The person might get upset by loud noises Make the TV quiet Play quiet music Helping the person stay calm and happy Developed by NHS Fife Learning Disability Service

14 You can help people stay calm and happy: Do not shout. Use a quiet voice Do not tease or make fun of the person. Be kind to them Some people get upset if you are too close to them. Give the person their own space Developed by NHS Fife Learning Disability Service

15 Do not rush around. Walk around quietly. People might get scared if you are behind them. Walk towards the person, not behind their back. The person might not like surprises. Try not to give them a fright. Developed by NHS Fife Learning Disability Service

16 Helping you Living with someone who has dementia can be hard Lots of people feel sad angry confused. It is OK to feel like this. Try to talk to someone about your feelings. If you have staff you can talk to them. Developed by NHS Fife Learning Disability Service

17 Developed by NHS Fife Made with photosymbols. Used with permission. The Picture Communication Symbols ©1981–2010 by Mayer-Johnson LLC. All Rights Reserved Worldwide. Used with permission. Photos from NHS Photo Library Adapted from NHS Fife carers’ dementia information pack. Contact your local Community Learning Disability Team for more information. Developed by NHS Fife Learning Disability Service


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