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5 ways to stay well

The coronavirus outbreak has placed a strain on everyone, but especially those of us living with dementia. If you, or a friend or family member, currently live with dementia, here are some simple tips specially created to help make things more manageable.

Stay safe and well

Always stay three steps (two metres / six feet) away from anyone you don’t live with and wash your hands regularly. If you develop a cough or a temperature of 38°C or higher, or start to feel breathless, phone 111. Seek and accept help – but only from people you know and trust, or a registered volunteer.

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Stay connected

There are lots of ways to stay connected with friends and family, from phone calls and letters to online video calls. You can also feel closer to the important people in your life by thinking about them and looking at photographs.

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Keep a sense of purpose

Make a list of jobs and pleasurable activities and create a daily routine that you enjoy. Keep up your usual daily activities such as washing, dressing, eating, cleaning, gardening and watching your favourite TV and radio programmes.

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Stay active

Stay active in ways that you enjoy. Get some daily exercise outdoors if you can, or do some simple indoor exercises – like stretching – if you can’t.

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Stay positive

This is a frustrating time, but try to be patient and thoughtful, and support each other. There will be good days and bad days, but if you’re feeling anxious, try using relaxation techniques or call a helpline such as the Alzheimer’s Society.

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