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A person living with dementia may feel isolated and confused, so it is important to make appointments for sight and hearing tests as hearing difficulties and decreasing sight will only compound a person symptoms. Hearing Aids can be an option for poor hearing and it is also important to get other medical conditions related to poor eyesight, like glaucoma and cataracts, ruled out or treated.

If a person already has a hearing aid, make sure they remember to turn it on and ensure that it is working properly. Dental health is another important factor for a person with dementia to ensure they have no teeth, gum or denture problems. Any pain or discomfort will cause distress and may lead to difficulties with eating and drinking.

The more active a person can remain, the better it will be for their health, and for those around them. Seek advice from an occupational therapist as to what equipment and things you can do to help those that are unsteady on their feet, in order to help them move around. For those that are less able to move around and must spend a lot of the day sitting it is important that have a firm but a comfortable chair that is easy for them to sit down in and get up when they need to.

Foot care is essential if the person with dementia is to remain mobile and active to ensure that they have correctly fitting and comfortable shoes. Try to avoid the person wearing slippers for too long as they do not provide the right kind of support. Make an appointment with a chiropodist to address any problems with corns or ingrown toenails and seek advice from a GP if any part of the foot becomes swollen and or painful or there are any changes to the colour of the person’s skin. Make sure the person's feet are kept clean and dry, with toenails cut short. A chiropodist can help with cutting toenails if you find it difficult.