What is well-being?

This is the sense of feeling OK. We all need feelings of:
- Self-esteem (It feels OK to be me)
- Autonomy (I feel in control of my life)
- Social confidence (Being with people feels OK)
- Hope (Everything is going to be OK)

These feelings work together to create a sense of well-being.
But if any one of them is threatened, the others will be at risk too.
That can lead to a sense of 'ill-being' or distress,
whether we are well or unwell (physically or mentally),
and whether or not we have dementia.

How can dementia affect well-being? 

In dementia, all aspects of well-being can be threatened.

- Self-esteem? (It feels OK to be me)
I feel useless; others treat me as if I don't matter.

- Autonomy? (I feel in control of my life)
Others choose for me - their choices, not mine.

- Social confidence? (Being with people feels OK)
I keep making embarrassing mistakes.

- Hope? (Everything is going to be OK)
Things can only get worse.

But it doesn't have to feel like this.

For more information on:

- Training for health and care professionals
- Coaching for family carers
- Presentations to community groups