Advice from people living with dementia

Living one day at a time, doing the things you enjoy, and that bring meaning and fulfillment to you are just some of the ways to live as well as possible with dementia.Things that were important and meaningful for you throughout your life will always be important and meaningful.

We asked people living with dementia for some practical tips for daily living. Here are some of their suggestions:

“Do one thing at a time.”

  • Take pleasure in living in the moment by appreciating the small joys of life such as seeing flowers coming into bloom, watching birds at a feeder and pushing a child in a swing. And be sure to rest when you are tired.

“Don’t stay enclosed, isolated. Get out.”

  • Join a book club, hobby group or exercise group that goes at a pace you are comfortable with.

“Be with people you can laugh with.”

  • Stay connected to family members and friends. Talk on the phone, correspond through email or extend some invitations for a get-together. Learn more about staying socially connected.

“Don’t be shy. Ask for help.”

  • Ask your doctor about what kinds of activities you can do to keep active. You may experience trouble with one activity, but this is an opportunity to try something else. Learn more about keeping physically active.

“Follow routines.”

  • If you enjoyed cooking, gardening, fishing or sports, continue making them a part of your everyday routine.

“If you forget something, don't dwell on it."

  • Setting the timer while cooking, using post-it notes, or writing appointments can help you remember things.
“Use a dispenser for pills.”

  • Take medications as prescribed.

“Never give up hope. Living is worth it.”

  • Most importantly, look after yourself. Eat well, reduce stress, stay active and challenge your brain. Learn more about brain health.

[From the Shared Experiences: Suggestions for those with Alzheimer's disease booklet and audiotape by the Alzheimer Society of Canada. To get a copy, contact your local Alzheimer Society.]


There are things that you can do to improve the quality of your life. Watch the video I Have Alzheimer's Disease - What Can I Do to Help Myself and Improve my Day-to-Day Life?

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Last Updated: 11/08/2017