Getting a dementia diagnosis can be frightening and the journey is different for everyone. Talking to friends and family is incredibly important as receiving the news and trying to cope alone can be very overwhelming.
If is extremely important to get information and support following a diagnosis.
The person diagnosed with dementia and their family members should be offered information and support to help them understand the condition and how it may develop. Dementia is a life altering disease and it can greatly help to manage if those affected have an idea of what to expect and know where to get help, information, and support if and when they need it.
Managing the condition
A healthcare team should develop a treatment and management plan for the person with dementia, which might include medication, coping strategies, and places to get support. Local groups such as the Alzheimer cafe are open to anyone who is affected by dementia and can offer education and training and a safe place to share and talk to others.
It's important to note that each person's experience with dementia will be unique, but that there are lots of people out there who can help. You are not alone, and allowing other people to support you can greatly help you cope following a dementia diagnosis.