People who have been diagnosed with dementia can often still live well, and make the most of the time they have together with their family and friends.
Dementia changes what a person can and can’t do, but support from family and friends who understand dementia can make a big difference.
With support, a person may still be able to enjoy some of the activities and hobbies they did before they became ill. A healthy lifestyle that keeps their mind active can help to keep a person with dementia well for longer.
Visit the What works for us page to find out how young people have supported a grandparent or parent who has dementia.
A person who has had dementia for longer may not be able to tell you how they feel. But you can learn to recognise when they are feeling happy, safe and calm.
This information was updated in November 2019 and is due for review in November 2021. Please contact us if you would like a version with references.