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Using This Site

  • 1) How do I access information?
  • 2) How do I navigate the website?
  • 3) How do I control what is on the screen and locate resources?

1) How do I access information?

The Living with Dementia: Resources for Living Well web tool is a simple way to sort through a wide range of information and resources available about living with an illness causing dementia. We have taken the overwhelming task of compiling a wide array of information and resources, evaluated the credibility of every piece of information that you will find within this site, and used sound research to develop other tools you will find on this site. We will be updating this site regularly – please revisit the website often.

Frequently Asked Questions

What should I do if I am new to using a computer or accessing the internet?
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If you are new or relatively inexperienced using a computer or accessing the internet, then you may want to use a “buddy system” to explore the website. Ask a trusted family member, friend, or health care provider to help you navigate through the website.

For more information on how to use a computer or the internet, please visit the following external resources: How to use a computer? How to use the internet?

How do I find information that I am interested in?
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Information on the Living with Dementia website is divided into four sections listed on the Home page and on the left navigation bar. You can easily browse and find the information you are interested in by clicking on the pictures on the Home page or the links in the navigation bar on the left side of the screen.

When you click on a link in the left navigation bar, it will expand to show you more options under the link. Click on the information you would like to access.

Image of left navigation bar with Living Well tab highlighted in red.

How do I search for specific information?
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If you are looking for specific information, type a keyword into the “Search” box at the top of the screen above the butterfly image, and then click on the “Search” button.

Image of search toolbar at the top of the webpage.

What happens when I click on a link to information from a different website?
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If you click on a link to information outside the Living with Dementia website, a new window will open automatically. This will allow you to look at the other information without losing your place on the Living with Dementia website.

  • When you are finished reading the linked information you can close or minimize the window so that you can go back to it later.
  • To close the window: Click on the red X on the open window tab or press the “CTRL” and “W” keys on your keyboard at the same time. Image of top of webpage with close tab 'x' highlighted in red.
  • To minimize the window: Click on the Living with Dementia website tab, or click on the grey “_” at the top right corner of the screen or hold down the “ALT” and “SPACE” keys and then press the “N” key on your keyboard. Image of top of webpage with minimize button highlighted in red.

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2) How do I navigate the website?

In our experience some people want as much information as possible at the time of diagnosis, while others would rather not read or think about everything all at once. With this in mind, the web tool has been divided into several categories. You can easily browse and find the information you are interested in by clicking on the pictures on the Home page or the link in the navigation bar on the left of the screen. Either way it is important to take things slowly and take frequent breaks as you read through this information.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I return to the Home page?
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To return to the Home page of the Living with Dementia website from anywhere on the website, click on the word “Home” at the top of the left side navigation bar.

Image of left navigation bar with Home button highlighted in red.

How do I return to the top of a web page?
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If you have scrolled to the bottom of a Living with Dementia web page and would like to return to the top, then click on the “Back to Top” button at the bottom of the page.

Image of the Back to Top button

 

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3) How do I control what is on the screen and locate resources?

Some other strategies to think about while reading through the information and resources:

  • Make a list of questions you may have to ask your doctor, other healthcare professional, or your support person at your local Alzheimer Chapter.
  • Talk with a trusted person about the information you are reading.
  • Remember that you may need to re-read information several times.
  • Consider making the Living with Dementia: Resources for Living Well web tool your homepage on your browser for easy access.
  • Use your browser's favourites or bookmarks feature to bring you back to a point of interest or to help you get back to where you left off reading on your last visit to the site.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I change the size of the text on the screen to make it easier to read?
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If you want to change the size of the text on the screen (for example make the text larger or smaller), then click on one of the "A" text resizing links at the top of the web page. The size of the “A” will be the size of the text on the website.

Image of text resizing links at the top of web page.

How do I increase the size of the viewing screen for videos?
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If you would like to increase the size of the viewing screen when watching videos on the website, then click on the Full Screen button located at the bottom right side of the video screen.

Image of full screen button at the bottom of a youtube video.

  • To close the Full Screen view and return to the previous page, press the “ESC” key on your keyboard, or click on the Exit Full Screen button located at the bottom right side of the video screen.
  • You may need to place your mouse over the bottom right side of the screen to make the button appear.
    Image of shrink screen button at the bottom of a youtube video.

How do I print information from the website?
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If you would like to print the information on a Living with Dementia web page, then click on the “Print” button located in the top right corner of the web page.

Image of print button at the top of web page.

  • If you are printing from a page containing questions and answers, the printed document will contain all the questions and all the answers on the web page, not just the question and answer that is open on your screen at the time.

How do I print files available to me on the website?
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If you would like to print any of the PDF files from the Living with Dementia website, open the file by clicking on the link. The document will open in a new window.

  • Click on the “File” menu at the top left corner of the page and then click “Print.”

    Image of file menu at the top of browser window with Print command highlighted in blue.

  • Files on the Living with Dementia website require the Adobe Reader program to open. If you do not have this program, you can download and install it for free from the Adobe website.

How does the resource numbering system work?
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Some information on the Living with Dementia website will be followed by a number written in superscript, which looks like this:

Example of resource numbering with number one in superscript above the word tests.

  • These numbers correspond to the list under the “Sources” heading at the bottom of the page. They will tell you where the information on the page came from.
    Image of Sources heading on web pages with referenced information.
  • You, a trusted friend or family member, or a health care professional, can use the Sources list to verify the information presented on the Living with Dementia website.
  • You, or someone you trust, can also look up these sources for more detailed information outside the Living with Dementia website.

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[This page updated on December 13, 2012]
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