How to identify and support people with dementia

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Our podcast guests talk about diagnosis, signposting help available, and how hobbies and activities can stimulate the growing number of people with the condition

Photo of nurse talking to a patient with dementia
Picture: Phil Hardman

What are the signs and symptoms of dementia and how can nursing staff best support people with the condition and their loved ones?

By 2025, more than one million people in the UK will likely have a diagnosis of dementia, making it even more likely that nurses in all settings will encounter someone with the condition and/or their family.

The latest episode of the Nursing Standard podcast explores the different types of dementia (there are more than 200 subtypes of the condition) and their varying symptoms.

Our guests are Helen Green, an Admiral Nurse with Dementia UK, which is a specialist dementia nursing charity supporting all the family, and Fred, whose wife Lynne has vascular dementia.

Dealing with emotions and family dynamics

They talk about gaining a diagnosis, signposting for support and helping someone with dementia to be stimulated via hobbies and activities.

The pair also tell Nursing Standard editor Flavia Munn about coping with emotions and changing family dynamics following diagnosis.

Find out more about becoming an Admiral Nurse by emailing admiralnurserecruitment@dementiauk.org

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