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Valentine’s Day & Dementia: What to Consider When Your Partner Has Dementia

Dementia does not define who they are.

Taking care of a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia can severely test the vows you made to one another many moons ago. It is a very difficult and strenuous job that inevitably causes pain and grief for the person you once knew – before dementia came crashing into your lives.

However, whilst loving and caring for someone with dementia can be hard, you will find that it can be incredibly rewarding if you remember a few important things. So, in the spirit of Valentine’s Day (14th February), here is what you should consider when your partner has dementia:

Dementia does not define who they are.

Being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia is devastating and life-changing both for the patient and for their loved ones, but it is crucial to remember that dementia does not become that person. You knew who they were before their diagnosis, and it is important to hold on to those memories of who they really are.

Lack of nurses in Norfolk for dementia prompts appeal

The Wymondham Dementia Support Group

Dianne Fernee, organiser of the Wymondham Dementia Support Group, with some of the knitted and crochet forget me knots she is collecting, hoping to get 17,000, one for each person living with dementia in Norfolk. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

The Wymondham Dementia Support Group has launched an appeal to get together 17,000 knitted and crocheted forget-me-nots, one for every person in Norfolk living with dementia.

The group’s organiser, Dianne Fernee, said the campaign was to highlight the lack of Admiral nurses, who are specialists in dementia.

Mrs Fernee said: “Admiral nurses are a lifeline for people with dementia, but there are only two of them serving 17,000 people, which isn’t nearly enough.

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‘Relaxing’ group offers carers ‘escapism from isolation’

Art as therapy and relaxation

By Grimsby Telegraph

Brushing up: Pictured during the art class at the Carers’ Support Centre, in Town Hall Square, Grimsby, are, from left, Rachael Williamson, art group facilitator, Mary Hoyles, carer, Hannah Salah, support development worker, and Christine Anderson, carer. Picture: Rick Byrne

PEOPLE who care for loved ones with long-term illnesses have turned to art as a way of escaping their day-to-day pressures.

Providing round-the-clock care for a relative suffering with conditions like Alzheimer’s can often lead to the carer becoming isolated and ignoring their own needs.

In a bid to tackle carer loneliness and stresses, a “relaxing” art group based in Grimsby encourages the sometimes under-pressure carers to forget their worries and immerse themselves in art.
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