Introduction: Enhancing wellbeing

Wellbeing is a combination of physical, mental, emotional and social factors and is linked to happiness. Wellbeing could be described as how you feel about yourself and your life.

Wellbeing is a much broader idea than being happy or healthy. It also includes other things, such as how satisfied people are with their life as a whole, their sense of purpose, and how in control they feel.

Wellbeing means something different to everyone and what makes life meaningful and satisfying is unique to each person. For one person, it might be doing a hobby like playing a sport, cooking or reading. For someone else it might be giving to others through volunteering, and for another person it might be experiencing new things like travelling or meeting new people.

Despite the changes that come with dementia, people living with dementia still need opportunities to enhance their wellbeing.

After completing this module, you will be able to:

  1. Explore how people living with dementia can live a meaningful life
  2. Reflect on how care partners can take care of their own wellbeing
  3. Describe four approaches to providing quality care and support for people living with dementia