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Alzheimer's or Dementia in a Loved One: How to Cope | Blog

Coping with an Alzheimer’s or Dementia Diagnosis of a Loved One

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Hearing a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s or Dementia can be one of the hardest things for an individual and their family to hear. This is already on top of worrying about the Alzheimer’s symptoms, early signs, changes, and difficulties that they have all noticed and experienced. 

While a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s or Dementia can feel like the end of the world, having a diagnosis at least gives a chance to prepare and properly cope with the situation. Though there is no magic way to accept or emotionally deal with this type of diagnosis, some steps can be taken to help families cope with Alzheimer's disease and Dementia

Take the Time to Process

Hearing this type of diagnosis is heartwrenching and it can lead to a whirlwind of emotions. Individuals and their families are likely to have numerous feelings about the situation, including sadness denial, frustration, fear, anger, and more. If the situation is not properly processed, this can lead to these feelings easily becoming overwhelming, which only makes things harder. 

People should understand that these feelings are common for those in this situation. Although, this is not to say that if these feelings are too much, there is nothing wrong with seeking counseling or support groups to help sort through these feelings.

Educate Yourself On Alzheimer’s Disease or Dementia

It can be incredibly beneficial for family members to educate themselves on Alzheimer’s and Dementia symptoms. Not only will this help them gain a better understanding of what is happening and what is to come, but it will also help them better support their loved ones. 

Family members that take the time to learn about these diseases should share as much as they can with others so everyone can endure the situation and better support their loved ones. The local Alzheimer’s Association is a great start to finding valuable information and resources. 

Prepare for the Future

It can be difficult to even consider what will happen in the future when first hearing the diagnosis, but it’s important to prepare as best as possible. Once the initial whirlwind of emotions has been processed, it is time to consider what the next steps are moving forward, such as being there to help support the struggling loved one, discussing options for work and personal issue arrangements, and most importantly, deciding on future care options. 

Unfortunately, those with Alzheimer’s or Dementia will be unable to properly care for themselves at some point. It will need to be decided whether the family will care for the individual or if other options need to be considered. This can be an incredibly hard step with a lot of difficult conversations, but preparing for these future events will help to ease trouble down the road. 

Are You Seeking Proper Care for a Loved One Struggling with Alzheimer’s or Dementia?

If you are looking for quality care for your loved one who is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or Dementia, then contact us here at Symphony Senior Living. We understand how difficult this type of diagnosis is for those struggling with this disease and their family, and we want to help make their care as high quality and easy as possible. We have multiple facilities around Canada and we are sure one of them will be perfect for your loved one. If you have any questions about our facilities or care options, then give us a call at (437) 214-1608. 


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