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The beginning of a new year and how to live well with dementia.

Does the beginning of a new year feel excitement or overwhelm?

Below are some quotes, some that will inspire you and some you might want to reflect upon or respond to.

They have been gathered from friends, family, charities and business over the past year. Some you might have heard before, others could be new to you.

It’s okay not to be okay.
Not all wounds are visible.
Be there for others. But never leave yourself behind.
Caregivers are the unsung heros of the healthcare system. They are the glue and the heart of care.
You never know how strong you are, until being strong is your only choice. (Bob Marley)!!
What the mind can’t remember, the heart never forgets.
When someone living with dementia believes something to be true, it is true.
You will change the world just by being a warm, kind hearted human being.
Doctors diagnose, nurses heal, and caregivers make sense of it all.
A small amount of self-care is better than no amount of self-care.
Take care of the people you love but take even better care of the people that love you.
A person with dementia is not giving you a hard time. A person with dementia is having a hard time.
See the Person, Not the Dementia

If there is a quote that you particularly like make a note of it! You might want to choose a different quote for a different month or different season of the year? Share them with friends and family – they might be unaware of how you are feeling and this could give you the opportunity to reach out to them.

And so now, as the new year begins, the team at Ivy House would like to wish you a Happy New Year. If you need support, come to our monthly support group which takes place on the first Saturday of month (more details are below), or one of the Dementia Café’s we run on the second Monday or last Friday of the month (more details below) both of which are free and find out how the Ivy House community can support you and your family.

Call Ivy House on 01323 431 801 or email us at


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