Scenario 9: Living well and healthy ageing

Scenario takeaway

  • Living well with dementia is possible (despite it can be challenging).

  • There are lots of resources to help to look after the carer and the person with dementia, which can improve health, well-being and even slow down progression of dementia.

  • You can use the Cc function to include other family members in the dementia learning journey, so they can build a stronger support network into the future.

Tasks to complete

  1. Think of a client and his/her carer who you have not yet had a conversation about living well with dementia.

  2. Develop a care plan for them on this subject by following a similar approach as this Scenario. Then a conversation with them about it as needed.

  3. Consider also cc in their secondary carer/s, such as their son and daughter in this conversation.

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Scenario notes

Living well with dementia

Over time, you notice carer Jane is struggling, and is questioning the meaning of all of this learning and caring. She says to you that dementia has no cure, so why do we try so hard to learn the different approaches, communication techniques etc.?

You can try to sympathise/ empathise with her by agreeing with her that dementia is hard and how she feels is valid. But people can live well with it. While on the flip side, if you don’t stay on top of it, things can get worse quickly!

 

It is usually better to prevent than try to “fix” something after it “breaks”. 

 

You both can discuss well-being and some healthy living and aging concepts for her husband with dementia, Bill. This not only helps her to understand why this is important, but also teaches her about what to do. You can suggest:

  • Reshared/ resend the Topic “Looking after the carer”

  • Selectively shared the Sections to her to digest in her own time, e.g. Regularly physical exercise, sleeping well, diet and dementia, remaining engaged with activities and intimacy with Bill.

You could also consider suggesting that these concepts also apply to her and she can benefit from learning about them herself. In addition, you could also highlight that by trying to keep herself healthy, she may reduce her chance of developing dementia.


Cc’ing another person

Jane’s son David is becoming more involved with Bill’s care. You can consider sharing relevant support information with him over time via the CC function.

As mentioned previously, the more people around Bill and Jane are empowered with dementia knowledge, the more they are likely to be able to support them in the long run.
 

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Note: given the sensitivity of the subject “Intimacy and sexuality for Jane and Bill”, you may share this Section with Jane only, and the rest of the Sections in that Topic with both Jane and David.

Note

  • The scenarios do not cover all of the content in My Dementia Companion, nor all the ways it could be used. Please keep exploring!

  • All the information is curated from reputable sources that are designed for people like Jane and Bill. So, assess and if relevant, share with confidence!

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