5 tips for living well with dementia

Vascular dementia patient Wayne Eaton preparing for running

Wayne Eaton was diagnosed with dementia in 2014, 10 years after he had a heart attack. He shares his five top tips for living well when you have vascular dementia.

1. Think of it as a new beginning.

It’s not the end of your life, it’s the end of a phase of life – it can be the beginning of an even greater new life.

2. Don’t let it define you

The world tends to treat you as a ‘dementia person’, but you’re not. Just be a person that happens to have dementia.

3. Do as much as you can

Don’t regret tomorrow what you didn’t do today. Cram as much as you can into today and, if you can, do it all again tomorrow.

4. Build your support network

Surround yourself by people you trust, who can support you to maintain your personal independence. I have a great collection of friends with and without dementia. We are great at supporting each other due to a proper level of understanding. Get support from healthcare professionals, local groups and charities, too.

5. Keep active

Stay as physically and mentally active as you can. The fitter and healthier you are, the more you can slow down the damage happening in your brain.

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