Month: May 2014

Caring for someone with dementia

Swapna writes...

In November last year, a friend asked me to write a 700 word article on dementia caregiving for a souvenir. Though I’ve written extensively about dementia and related caregiving, the imposed word-limit forced me to weigh each sentence, each word. What should I include? What to exclude? While I didn’t manage to say all I wanted, I realized that a one-pager overview of a vast topic can be a relief after the rambling posts I typically make on this blog. So here’s the article, unchanged (I confess that I was sorely tempted to expand it, but I desisted 🙂 ). Note that the article was written assuming very poor dementia awareness, as the intended readers were based in India.

Caring for someone with dementia

by Swapna Kishore

Family members, friends, and colleagues often want to support persons with dementia, but are unsure how to proceed. Below is a brief overview…

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I am officially a Dementia Friends Champion!

This national campaign aims to find 1 million Dementia Friends by 2015 and create dementia friendly communities in order to help people live better with dementia.


A Dementia Friends Champion is a volunteer who encourages others to make a positive difference to people living with dementia in their community. They do this by giving them information about the personal impact of dementia, and what they can do to help.

Find out more info about becoming a Dementia Friend or a Dementia Friends Champion here or see below more information from the Dementia Friends Official Website

What is a Dementia Friend? 

A Dementia Friend learns a little bit more about what it’s like to live with dementia and then turns that understanding into action – anyone of any age can be a Dementia Friend. From helping someone to find the right bus to spreading the word about dementia on social media, every action counts.

If you are interested in becoming a Dementia Friend and joining a national initiative that will help people living with dementia feel included in their communities, then you need to register as a Dementia Friend and go to one of our Friends’ information sessions.

Information sessions

Friends’ information sessions are run by Dementia Friends Champions, who are volunteers who have taken the Dementia Friends Champions’ training. Each Friends’ information session lasts around one hour. You will learn more about dementia and how you can help to create dementia friendly communities. There are information sessions running across England.

Turning understanding into action

After the Dementia Friends’ information session we want you to tell us about how you are going to turn your understanding of dementia into a practical action. You will get lots of ideas about the actions you can take at your Friends’ information session, and there will be lots of other ideas on this website. You don’t have to commit to doing something time-consuming.  Every action counts.

Dementia actions could include:

  • behaving patiently with someone showing the signs of dementia
  • spending more time with, helping or supporting a friend or relative affected by dementia
  • signposting people affected by dementia to more information and support
  • volunteering with an organisation to support people with dementia.
  • fundraising for a dementia-related cause.
  • helping your workplace to be more dementia friendly.
  • telling other people about Dementia Friends or spreading the word through social media.