Tips for living with dementia

  • Write yourself notes, a timetable or a diary to help you remember things. Consider possibly starting a life history book with friends and family.
  • Keep useful numbers by the phone in large easily readable print and programme them into your handset.
  • Calendars or diaries should be large, with the date and time, am and pm.
  • Get a newspaper delivered every day to remind you of the day or date.
  • Wipe on/off boards can be helpful for writing down daily tasks or appointments.
  • Label your cupboards or drawers so you can find things easily.
  • Keep keys, purses, bags or wallets in the same place which is labelled.
  • Install gas detectors and fire alarms if you don’t already have them.
  • Make a memory box or book of your favourite things or photographs. Photographs around the home with names attached may also be useful.
  • Try establishing a good daily routine and continue to socialise with family and friends.
  • Continue with those everyday activities which you enjoy by yourself or with family or friends.
  • Try to keep physically active with activities such as walking, swimming, gardening or gentle exercises.
  • Gardening, baking, puzzles, arts and crafts, reading or writing are all great ways to keep your brain active.
  • Make time for rest & relaxation. Listening to soothing music or enjoying a massage or aromatherapy may be helpful.
  • Consider breaking down everyday tasks into a series of simpler steps to follow.
  • Try to have a healthy varied diet.

Also see:

Alzheimer's Society - Top ten tips for living well with dementia at home


Relevant Topics



What is Dementia?

Dementia treatment

Living with Dementia

Tips for Living with Dementia

Dementia Services

Shropshire CCG Dementia Day

Shropshire Services & Self-Help Support Groups - Dementia

National Services - Dementia


Self Care and Support

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