By Talking Point Team, Alzheimer’s Society

In the space of a day, the lockdown announcement dramatically changed everyone’s lives. This time has been particularly challenging for people affected by dementia.

On Dementia Talking Point, the online peer support community run by Alzheimer’s Society, we’ve seen a few common themes amongst our members. These include worry over a lack of online food deliveries if you’re self-isolating, and how to help support or stay connected to a person with dementia at a distance. Other members have asked to cope with care homes on lockdown or home carers being suspended, and some have struggled to keep someone with dementia at home if they don’t understand why they can’t leave.

As they deal with these challenges, members have found solace from others who are facing similar situations on the community. You might feel like you are the only one going through what you’re going through, and your challenges might feel unique to you. However, through sharing their experiences with other people, lots of members on the community have found that they are met with kindness and understanding as well as practical tips. During these difficult and uncertain times, connecting with others who understand can be a huge comfort.

Dementia Talking Point is an online community where anyone affected by dementia can ask questions, get information and share practical tips with people who understand.

It’s free, available 24 hours a day and accessible via smartphone, tablet or computer.

Here are a few recent quotes from members who have posted on the community:

‘I have found [the community] to be such a supportive, a shoulder to cry on, a wonderful, caring place to offer help to others, but to also open up about the many things we have to deal with 24/7. I truly don’t know what I would do without it. I feel like we are one big family with lots of knowledge to share.’

‘I am totally overwhelmed with the kindness and understanding you have all shown me. Your empathy, tips for handling the situation, and the love and care you have given me is so heartwarming and comforting.’

‘Thank you all so very very much for your kind words and advice … You have been there for me when I was at rock bottom and even managed to inject some humour to keep me going.’

You can visit Dementia Talking Point and join the community at www.alzheimers.org.uk/talkingpoint