Last Updated: April 11, 2018
Have you or a loved one been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s? Diagnosis of the disease is life-changing. But finding ways to cope and take care of your emotional needs are just as important as planning for its impending progression.
Learn more about finding support during this time.
Anger, denial, depression, fear. These feelings may just be the start of your reaction to an Alzheimer’s diagnosis.
As the Alzheimer’s Association emphasizes, there is no “right approach” in dealing with your diagnosis. However, identifying and understanding your emotional needs can help you come to terms with your diagnosis.
Educating yourself on the disease and learning ways to reduce your stress are also recommended means for managing life with this disease.
After an Alzheimer’s diagnosis, many people experience an overwhelming sense of loss. Staying engaged with others and building a support network can help you feel connected and give you a sense of purpose. The Alzheimer’s Association suggests that your support network include:
Another way to support your emotional health is to keep a journal. Write about the emotional ups and downs and give yourself time to feel sad about the changes the disease will bring.
Educating yourself on the disease can make you feel empowered and better informed when it comes to decisions about treatments, long-term care options and plans for your future. Other benefits of learning as much as you can about Alzheimer’s include knowing:
As much as knowledge and a support network can help you cope with Alzheimer’s, you will inevitably endure stress with each stage. Find ways to relax and take care of yourself so you can maintain a positive state of mind and stay healthy physically. Suggestions for reducing stress linked to Alzheimer’s:
Taking the above approaches to your Alzheimer’s diagnosis will not stop the disease’s progression. But, they can help you manage the disease and gain a better understanding of what the future holds.
Ultimately, how you approach your Alzheimer’s diagnosis depends on what makes you most comfortable when it comes to your health and well-being.
Do you or a loved one have Alzheimer’s? How did you approach your diagnosis? We’d like to hear your stories in the comments below.
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