Living with Dementia
For some people, a diagnosis of dementia comes as a complete surprise and even a shock. For others, it feels like a bit of relief to finally know what the problem is as they have been living with dementia. Regardless of whether or not you suspected a diagnosis such as this, you will likely experience a wide range of emotions and will need some time to process the situation. Please give yourself grace and compassion during this time, and allow yourself to really work through all of those thoughts and feelings. Supportive friends and family, as well as professional counselors or therapists, can be extremely helpful in this process.
When you’re ready, we strongly encourage you to take a few steps towards making sure that you and your family are prepared for what the future will bring – both good and bad. Most of the time there is a lot of living that takes place in the time between a diagnosis and the end stages of the disease, and there are many things you can do to make that time as meaningful and productive as possible.
Tips for living with dementia:
- Learn more about your diagnosis
- Get support
- Advocate for your needs
- Share your diagnosis
- Take care of your body and mind
- Plan ahead for coping strategies (daily living, driving, working)
- Investigate supportive services
- Plan ahead for legal and financial needs
- Maintain healthy relationships
- Focus on meaning and leaving a legacy