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Caring for a person with dementia: A practical guide

Updated: May 27, 2021

If you are the main person supporting someone with dementia, this guide is for you. It will tell you more about their condition and how it can affect them over time.


You may be supporting a partner, friend or family member. You may or may not see yourself as ‘caring for’ them, or think of yourself as their ‘carer’.


Supporting someone with dementia can be a rewarding experience, giving you an opportunity to help someone who is important to you and learn new skills. But we also know that it may be very challenging at times. The information in this booklet is here to support you to care for the person and to look after yourself.


This booklet includes sections on:

  • Understanding the person’s diagnosis

  • Taking on the caring role

  • Looking ahead: putting plans in place

  • Understanding and supporting the person with dementia

  • Services, support and housing

  • Managing your finances

  • Supporting a person in the later stages of dementia

  • End of life care and support

  • Alzheimer’s Society services and support

  • Other useful organisations

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Article: Alzheimer's Society


Available versions of the guide

Watch the video

You can watch the full video of our dementia guide below.

If you would rather watch this video in sections, you can do so by selecting any of our section videos in this playlist.



Do you require an audio version?

You can listen to an audio recording of The dementia guide on our website with Soundcloud. It is also possible to order a CD copy of The dementia guide.

Do you require a Braille version?

The dementia guide is also available in Braille.

Do you require the guide in another language?

The dementia guide is available in a number of languages.




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