Advice on apathy

Alzheimer’s Society has published advice on what to do if someone with dementia has apathy, a condition in which the individual apparently loses interest in doing things they used to enjoy.  In the advice, written by Clare Burgon, the Society says that apathy often goes unrecognised, even though it is common in most types of dementia.  Burgon, who has researched the subject at Nottingham University, lists the signs of apathy and gives helpful tips on how to cope with it as a carer.  “There are many things you can do to encourage a person to stay motivated and engaged,” she writes.  “A really important part of this is supporting them to feel useful and have a purpose.”