Many people with dementia are older, but not all older people get dementia.
Dementia can happen to anyone and it’s not a normal part of ageing.
Symptoms of dementia are caused by disorders affecting the brain. There are many forms of dementia and each has its own causes.
Dementia can be very subtle and vague, and may not be immediately obvious. There are some common symptoms you can look for.
Caring can stressful
When you care for someone with dementia you can feel increasingly stressed and tired. You can feel socially isolated and unable to leave the house, even for shopping and appointments.
It can be very difficult to keep on caring when family or friends do not fully understand the stress you are under. Or if they don’t acknowledge or accept the declining abilities or health of the person you care for.
When you support someone with dementia your needs often get lost, but in order to keep on caring, you also need to find ways to manage your stress and care for yourself.
Mixing with other carers
You might find it valuable to meet and talk to others in similar situations.
Monthly carer support groups are run throughout metropolitan Adelaide. There are also activities which give carers a break from their caring roles and also enable them to connect with other carers.
To find out more contact us on 8433 9555 or email SupportTeam@carersupport.org.au
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