Video guide debunks myths

In a bid to dispel common misconceptions about dementia, Care UK has produced a new video guide to help families understand what dementia really means when a loved one is diagnosed with the condition.

The care home provider has pulled together advice from experts and families themselves to produce the video guide, called One Step at a Time.  It consists of an introductory video, presented by Alzheimer’s Society ambassador Angela Rippon, and three video “chapters” on dealing with a dementia diagnosis, living well with dementia, and supporting the carer.

Designed to help people navigate through the dementia journey, it includes expert tips and testimonies from residents’ families.

A poll of 2,000 people, commissioned by Care UK, revealed widespread misconceptions such as that one fifth of adults wrongly believe that Alzheimer’s and dementia are the same thing and that 14% think that someone with dementia can’t lead a meaningful life.

Suzanne Mumford, head of nursing, care and dementia services at Care UK, said: “There are plenty of misconceptions when it comes to dementia, and what this means for the person living with it and their family. Often, they come from reading something online or word-of-mouth rather than experts or trusted sources.

“In reality, dementia is a condition that can be managed to ensure those who live with it can continue to lead fulfilling, meaningful lives and can be supported to still do the things they love.

“There are so many ways people can live active and fulfilling lives after being diagnosed with the condition, and we find that most people don’t know just how impactful the small changes can be – from diet adjustment to physical and mental exercise.

“With this guide, we hope to provide knowledge and relieve some of the pressures people face after one of their loved ones is diagnosed with the condition.”

To view the video guide, go to this link