Independent (Ireland):

“Be patient with your mother and it’s important to keep things in the same place”

“Q: My lovely mum has recently been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and she is obviously very upset about it. I have moved home and will be her carer and I was wondering what I can do in a practical sense to help improve her life. I have read a lot about diet and supplements being of use – in terms of staving off the disease – and I was wondering if you could help me on that front. What supplements would be useful and what foods etc. should she be eating and/or staying away from?

Dr Nina replies:  Dementia is not a specific disease. It’s an overall term that describes a group of symptoms associated with a decline in memory or other thinking skills severe enough to reduce a person’s ability to perform everyday activities.

Symptoms include memory loss, confusion and personality change. Alzheimer’s, the most common form of dementia, accounts for 60 to 80pc of cases. Research suggests that dementia is the most feared health condition. People regularly put off seeking a diagnosis or opening up to family friends and health professionals about the impact on their quality of life.”

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